an act of arranging; state of being arranged.
the manner or way in which things are arranged: a tactful arrangement of the seating at dinner.
a final settlement; adjustment by agreement: The arrangement with the rebels lasted only two weeks.
Usually, arrangements. preparatory measures; plans; preparations: They made arrangements for an early departure.
something arranged in a particular way: a floral arrangement; the arrangement of chairs for the seminar.
the adaptation of a composition to voices or instruments, or to a new purpose.
a piece so adapted.
final arrangements, the planning or scheduling of funeral services and burial: Final arrangements are still pending.

1720–30; < French; see arrange, -ment

rearrangement, noun Unabridged
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arrangement (əˈreɪndʒmənt)
1.  the act of arranging or being arranged
2.  the form in which things are arranged: he altered the arrangement of furniture in the room
3.  a thing composed of various ordered parts; the result of arranging: a flower arrangement
4.  (often plural) a preparatory measure taken or plan made; preparation
5.  an agreement or settlement; understanding
6.  an adaptation of a piece of music for performance in a different way, esp on different instruments from those for which it was originally composed
7.  an adaptation (of a play, etc) for broadcasting

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Word Origin & History

c.1743, from Fr. arrangement, from arranger (see arrange).
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in music, traditionally, any adaptation of a composition to fit a medium other than that for which it was originally written, while at the same time retaining the general character of the original. The word was frequently used interchangeably with transcription, although the latter carried the connotation of elaboration of the original, as in the virtuosic piano transcriptions of J.S. Bach's organ works by Franz Liszt, the Italian composer-pianist Ferruccio Busoni, and others. In later times the definitions were almost reversed, with arrangement connoting musical liberty in elaboration or simplification. In popular music and jazz, the word is often used synonymously with "score."

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But it would be natural if politicians dreamt of an arrangement in which they
  could wield power without being seen to wield power.
It doesn't look the arrangement will be permanent, though.
Nobody can deny that the present arrangement is messy and hypocritical.
The arrangement can put great strains on centuries-old societal structures in
  the recipient countries.
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