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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 for arrange
  • His position in the group has grown from being a supporting player to helping arrange set lists for concerts.
  • Have students look at the list of timeline events, and then arrange themselves in order according to list of events.
  • arrange a layer of potatoes, overlapping in circles, in the dish.
  • In addition arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent via email.
  • But they did arrange for them to receive electric shocks.
  • arrange in a single layer on a baking pan and bake until brown.
  • Standing now, he wobbles a bit as the trio arrange themselves so mom can slide into the seat.
  • Immediately lift out the fish and arrange on the platter.
  • arrange herbs in a container to a striking effect.
  • If you choose the color of light and the substance sensibly, you can arrange things so that all the light is absorbed.
British Dictionary definitions for arrange

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 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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