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arrange

[uh-reynj] /əˈreɪndʒ/
verb (used with object), arranged, arranging.
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), arranged, arranging.
5.
to make plans or preparations:
They arranged for a conference on Wednesday.
6.
to make a settlement; come to an agreement:
to arrange with the coal company for regular deliveries.
Origin
1325-1375
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
Synonyms
1. array; group, sort, dispose; classify.
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Examples from the web for arranging
  • To me, his art is one or two notches above flower arranging for the village hall.
  • Samurai generals practiced calligraphy, took up flower arranging, and played the lute.
  • The group had been trying to contain the whale in a small area of river while arranging for a ship to take it back to sea.
  • Remind students that as they work they should be arranging their index cards into a tree structure.
  • It is easy to see that if dealing with millions of pixels, the second way of arranging the information is much more efficient.
  • Information is simply a way of arranging descriptors of the physical world in a manner that the living organism can use.
  • So you decide to make the perfect shuffle by manually re-arranging the cards to make sure none of the original order remains.
  • In arranging for the ceremony the clergyman, of course, is consulted and the place and hour arranged.
  • She died whilst she was engaged in the work of arranging her poems for press, so that they are in the truest sense her legacy.
  • Place in bottom of salad bowl before arranging salad.
British Dictionary definitions for arranging

arrange

/əˈreɪndʒ/
verb
1.
(transitive) to put into a proper, systematic, or decorative order
2.
(transitive; may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to arrive at an agreement or understanding about; settle
3.
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
4.
(transitive) to adapt (a musical composition) for performance in a different way, esp on different instruments
5.
(transitive) to adapt (a play, etc) for broadcasting
6.
(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 arranging

arrange

v.

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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