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[uh-reynj] /əˈreɪndʒ/
verb (used with object), arranged, arranging.
to place in proper, desired, or convenient order; adjust properly:
to arrange books on a shelf.
to come to an agreement or understanding regarding:
The two sides arranged the sale of the property.
to prepare or plan:
to arrange the details of a meeting.
Music. to adapt (a composition) for a particular style of performance by voices or instruments.
verb (used without object), arranged, arranging.
to make plans or preparations:
They arranged for a conference on Wednesday.
to make a settlement; come to an agreement:
to arrange with the coal company for regular deliveries.
Origin of arrange
1325-75; Middle English arayngen < Middle French arangier, equivalent to a- a-5 + rangier to range
Related forms
arrangeable, adjective
arranger, noun
overarrange, verb, overarranged, overarranging.
rearrange, verb, rearranged, rearranging.
rearrangeable, adjective
unarranged, adjective
well-arranged, adjective
1. array; group, sort, dispose; classify. Unabridged
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  • When he was gone she went up to the room and found that he had tried to re-arrange the papers, but had made a mess of it.

    Justin Wingate, Ranchman John H. Whitson
  • re-arrange this picture so as to get a rustic group out of it.

  • There were such remonstrances to Cromwell on the subject that he had to re-arrange the whole Bench.

  • Who will mate them, and re-arrange their inharmonious combinings?

    Dawn Mrs. Harriet A. Adams
  • If an egg were removed, it would be difficult indeed to re-arrange the clutch with such economy.

  • Anne entered, and sat down to recover her breath, and re-arrange her thoughts.

    Merkland Mrs. Oliphant
  • At its conclusion he drew his sleeve across his face and bent down to re-arrange the contents of his bundle.

  • Read that letter carefully while I re-arrange my hair, and then I will tell you what you are to do.

    The White Rose of Memphis William C. Falkner
  • He looked at it a little—while Elizabeth with trembling fingers began to re-arrange her table in the old way.

    Elizabeth's Campaign Mrs. Humphrey Ward
British Dictionary definitions for re-arrange


(transitive) to put into a proper, systematic, or decorative order
(transitive; may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to arrive at an agreement or understanding about; settle
when intr, often foll by (when transitive, may take a clause as object or an infinitive) for. to make plans or preparations in advance (for something): we arranged for her to be met
(transitive) to adapt (a musical composition) for performance in a different way, esp on different instruments
(transitive) to adapt (a play, etc) for broadcasting
(intransitive) often foll by with. to come to an agreement
Derived Forms
arrangeable, adjective
arranger, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French arangier, from a-² + rangier to put in a row, range
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Word Origin and History for re-arrange

also rearrange, 1798, from re- "back, again" + arrange. Related: Rearranged; rearranging; rearrangement.



late 14c., "draw up a line of battle," from Old French arengier (12c.), from a- "to" (see ad-) + rangier "set in a row" (Modern French ranger), from rang "rank," from Frankish *hring (see rank (n.)).

A rare word until the meaning generalized to "to place things in order" c.1780-1800. Musical sense of "adapt for other instruments or voices" is from 1808. Related: Arranged; arranging. Arranged marriage attested from 1854.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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