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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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Examples from the Web for well arranged
Historical Examples
  • I suppose a mans life is often more like a novel than like anything else—only, perhaps, not so well arranged.

    The Days of My Life Mrs. Oliphant
  • Her plots are well arranged, and her characters are clearly and strongly drawn.

    Eric Mrs. S. B. C. Samuels
  • The body is described as well arranged in the coffin, with arms and legs still flexible.

    Pagan and Christian Rome Rodolfo Lanciani
  • The return to the subject in the key of F, is well arranged.

  • It was all so well arranged, and I made sure the old boy was gone to bed.

    Molly Bawn Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  • How careful he and David had been to keep their museum neat and well arranged!

  • The colours were well arranged, and all was done with a due reference to the architectural features of the church.

    Stones of the Temple Walter Field
  • It is a marriage we are interested in, and it is all well arranged for you.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • There is a public museum, which is well stocked, and its specimens of natural history are well arranged.

    Australian Pictures Howard Willoughby
  • Lorand had no other care than to see if the wounded girl's pillows were well arranged.

    Debts of Honor Maurus Jkai
British Dictionary definitions for well arranged


(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 well arranged



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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