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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for well-arranged

Historical Examples of well-arranged

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for well-arranged


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


  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 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.

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