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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 also should be joyful, for all in my house is peaceful and well-arranged.

    The Home Fredrika Bremer
  • Was it by institutions and establishments and well-arranged systems of mechanism?

    The Collector Henry T. Tuckerman
  • Pursue this well-arranged course, finish it up, and that all at our expense.

    Farm Boys and Girls

    William Arch McKeever
  • There is also a well-arranged collection of extracts for elocution.

    Lessons on Manners

    Edith E. Wiggin
  • It is a thoughtful, well written, and well-arranged history.

  • The ocean has false stages below, like a well-arranged theatre.

    The Man Who Laughs

    Victor Hugo
  • This is the essential condition of every well-arranged line of battle.

    The Art of War Baron Henri de Jomini
  • But even he was startled into momentary oblivion of his well-arranged point.

    The Way We Live Now

    Anthony Trollope
  • Nothing to compare with the neat, well-arranged office at Burnsville—pleasant Burnsville!

  • At first he had no counsellors, no store of books, and no well-arranged course of reading.

    Lives of Illustrious Shoemakers William Edward Winks
British Dictionary definitions for well-arranged


adjective (well arranged when postpositive)
having been put into a good systematic or decorative order


(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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