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verb (used with object), ar·ranged, ar·rang·ing.
  1. to place in proper, desired, or convenient order; adjust properly: to arrange books on a shelf.
  2. to come to an agreement or understanding regarding: The two sides arranged the sale of the property.
  3. to prepare or plan: to arrange the details of a meeting.
  4. Music. to adapt (a composition) for a particular style of performance by voices or instruments.
verb (used without object), ar·ranged, ar·rang·ing.
  1. to make plans or preparations: They arranged for a conference on Wednesday.
  2. 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 formsar·range·a·ble, adjectivear·rang·er, nouno·ver·ar·range, verb, o·ver·ar·ranged, o·ver·ar·rang··ar·range, verb, re·ar·ranged, re·ar·rang··ar·range·a·ble, adjectiveun·ar·ranged, adjectivewell-ar·ranged, adjective

Synonyms for arrange

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Examples from the Web for re-arrange

Contemporary Examples of re-arrange

Historical Examples of re-arrange

  • Re-arrange this picture so as to get a rustic group out of it.

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


    Mrs. Harriet A. Adams

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


    Mrs. Oliphant

  • 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

  • Our mails are none too prompt, and so I have been unable to re-arrange my plans.

British Dictionary definitions for re-arrange


  1. (tr) to put into a proper, systematic, or decorative order
  2. (tr; may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to arrive at an agreement or understanding about; settle
  3. (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
  4. (tr) to adapt (a musical composition) for performance in a different way, esp on different instruments
  5. (tr) to adapt (a play, etc) for broadcasting
  6. (intr often foll by with) to come to an agreement
Derived Formsarrangeable, adjectivearranger, noun

Word Origin for arrange

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.

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