What does arrange mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. arrange, set upverb

    put into a proper or systematic order

    "arrange the books on the shelves in chronological order"

  2. arrange, fix upverb

    make arrangements for

    "Can you arrange a meeting with the President?"

  3. stage, arrangeverb

    plan, organize, and carry out (an event)

    "the neighboring tribe staged an invasion"

  4. format, arrangeverb

    set (printed matter) into a specific format

    "Format this letter so it can be printed out"

  5. dress, arrange, set, do, coif, coiffe, coiffureverb

    arrange attractively

    "dress my hair for the wedding"

  6. arrange, setverb

    adapt for performance in a different way

    "set this poem to music"

  7. arrange, set up, put, orderverb

    arrange thoughts, ideas, temporal events

    "arrange my schedule"; "set up one's life"; "I put these memories with those of bygone times"


  1. arrangeverb

    To set up, to organize, especially in a positive manner.

  2. arrangeverb

    To put in order, to organize.

  3. arrangeverb

    To prepare and adapt an already written composition for presentation in other than its original form.

  4. Etymology: arengen, arrangen "to draw up a battle line" from arengier, arrangier "to put in a line, put in a row" from reng, rang, ranc "line, row, rank", of origin, from hring "ring" from hringaz, from (s)ker-. Akin to hring, hring, hring, hringr "ring, circle, queue, sword; ship". More at ring

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To ARRANGEverb

    To put in the proper order for any purpose.

    Etymology: arranger, Fr.

    I chanc’d this day
    To see two knights in travel on my way,
    (A sorry sight!) arrang’d in battle new. Fairy Queen, b. i.

    How effectually are its muscular fibres arranged, and with what judgment are its columns and furrows disposed! George Cheyne.


  1. Arrange

    Arrange is a mythological figure from the Australian aboriginal creation myth of the Alyawarre people for Karlu Karlu. In the myth, the figure Arrange, who is also referred to as the devil man, comes from Ayleparrarntenhe. Arrange was making a hair belt, which is a traditional adornment worn only by initiated men, while he was on his journey. As he twirled the hair into strings, he dropped clusters of hair on the ground, which turned into the boulders of Karlu Karlu seen today. When he returned, he spat on the ground, creating the granite boulders from the central part of Karlu Karlu.


  1. arrange

    Arrange generally means to put things in a particular order or position, to prepare or plan something in a systematic or organized manner, or to provide and organize a particular activity or event. It can also refer to the process of making necessary plans or preparations for something to happen.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Arrangeverb

    to put in proper order; to dispose (persons, or parts) in the manner intended, or best suited for the purpose; as, troops arranged for battle

  2. Arrangeverb

    to adjust or settle; to prepare; to determine; as, to arrange the preliminaries of an undertaking

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Arrange

    ar-rānj′, v.t. to set in a rank or row: to put in order: to settle: (mus.) to adapt a composition for instruments or voices for which it was not originally written, as when orchestral or vocal compositions are set for the pianoforte, or the reverse.—v.i. to come to an agreement.—n. Arrange′ment, act of arranging: classification: settlement. [O. Fr. arangierà (—L. ad, to), and rangier, rengier. See Range.]

Editors Contribution

  1. arrange

    To organize.

    They did arrange a night at the open-air opera.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 13, 2020  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'arrange' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4197

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'arrange' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3225

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'arrange' in Verbs Frequency: #293

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of arrange in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of arrange in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of arrange in a Sentence

  1. George Carlin:

    If you can't beat them, arrange to have them beaten.

  2. Donagh Stenson:

    We've had women in the past ask us, are they going to hell ? we've even had to arrange for priests to get in contact with the woman because she's that desperate about the position she's in and the fact she never thought she'd be here.

  3. Shi Jianhua:

    Why can't companies be allowed to arrange production and new product rollouts according to the rules? the implementation date of China-6 rules was fixed, so why has it been accelerated in a way that doesn't give companies sufficient time?

  4. Angela Rafuse:

    Then so many people started sharing stories with us about how their grandparents' cats ended up in shelters and how their grandparents worry about what will happen to their cats or their dogs because there’s nowhere to take them, i've worked at a nonprofit for the past four years so I thought, it should be pretty easy to find resources to help these people. Nothing existed that empowered a senior and helped them arrange this and empowered their family. Everything was just shelters.

  5. Václav Havel:

    The role of the writer is not simply to arrange Being according to his own lights; he must also serve as a medium to Being and remain open to its often unfathomable dictates. This is the only way the work can transcend its creator and radiate its meaning further than the author himself can see or perceive.

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