- 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.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for rearrange
Is there any intervention that would do more than help to rearrange the rubble?Only Iraq Can Save Itself From Chaos
June 26, 2014
And so if the government could just get to the kitchen, rearrange some things, we could certainly party with the Haitians.‘Clueless’: How the Greatest Clique of the ‘90s Transformed Into A Shakespearean Tragedy
May 30, 2014
When Jackson asks if he can rearrange the seats before we start, she belts out sweetly: “Go nuts for cowboy butts!”There’s Something About Mary Lambert
September 19, 2013
We rearrange our schedules so that we can spend more time catering to its every whim.The Economics of Puppy Management
February 22, 2013
ARIES Incoming: You are bombarded with information now as plans change, rearrange, and caveats and amendments abound.Horoscopes July 3-9, 2011
Starsky + Cox
July 2, 2011
Nothing left to do but to rearrange the loads and wait for the lead to close.A Negro Explorer at the North Pole
Matthew A. Henson
Only platinum could exist there, and the matter had to rearrange itself as platinum.Invaders from the Infinite
John Wood Campbell
These ions are free to rearrange themselves in various combinations.An Elementary Study of Chemistry
They had been critically watching me wash and rearrange my clothing.Desert Dust
Edwin L. Sabin
No one seemed to mind it, however, for no one paused to rearrange it.The Loyalist
James Francis Barrett
- to put (something) into a new orderto rearrange the lighting
- to put (something) back in its original order after it has been displaced
- to fix a new date or time for (something postponed)to rearrange a match
- (tr) to put into a proper, systematic, or decorative order
- (tr; may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to arrive at an agreement or understanding about; settle
- (when intr, often foll by for; when tr, may take a clause as object or an infinitive ) to make plans or preparations in advance (for something)we arranged for her to be met
- (tr) to adapt (a musical composition) for performance in a different way, esp on different instruments
- (tr) to adapt (a play, etc) for broadcasting
- (intr often foll by with) to come to an agreement
Word Origin and History for rearrange
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.