- 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 arrange
After everyone has had their fill, we thank them for their time and arrange our next meeting.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
He is expected to tell the court that Dewani had paid him $900 to arrange a fake carjacking from which his wife would not emerge.The Honeymoon Murder Trial of British Millionaire Shrien Dewani Begins
October 7, 2014
We arrange ourselves in a circle on metal foldout chairs and a futon.A Shooting on a Tribal Land Uncovers Feds Running Wild
August 26, 2014
Some nights they have concerts for musicians without a permit, and they also arrange shows for painters and photographers.Tehran’s Underground Speakeasies
June 15, 2014
Waiting for others to arrange their next meeting means a months-long delay.Adam Hochschild on Keeping Company With His Dying Father
June 14, 2014
Andrew thanked him and went into the cabin to arrange for lights.Way of the Lawless
I want to call on that sick boy to-morrow if I can arrange it.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
It seems the library takes a longer time to arrange than usual.
Together they carried in the several hundred volumes, and then began to arrange them.
Have him come down, for we must arrange to back Lucretia—she's worth it.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
- (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 arrange
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.