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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

1. To put in proper order; to dispose the parts of a whole in the manner intended, or best suited for the purpose; as troops arranged for battle.
2. To adjust; to settle; to put in order; to prepare; a popular use of the word of very general application.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: put into a proper or systematic order; "arrange the books on the shelves in chronological order" [syn: arrange, set up] [ant: disarrange]
2: make arrangements for; "Can you arrange a meeting with the President?" [syn: arrange, fix up]
3: plan, organize, and carry out (an event); "the neighboring tribe staged an invasion" [syn: stage, arrange]
4: set (printed matter) into a specific format; "Format this letter so it can be printed out" [syn: format, arrange]
5: arrange attractively; "dress my hair for the wedding" [syn: dress, arrange, set, do, coif, coiffe, coiffure]
6: adapt for performance in a different way; "set this poem to music" [syn: arrange, set]
7: arrange thoughts, ideas, temporal events; "arrange my schedule"; "set up one's life"; "I put these memories with those of bygone times" [syn: arrange, set up, put, order]

Merriam Webster's

verb (-ranged; -ranging) Etymology: Middle English arangen, from Middle French arenger, from a- + renger to set in ranks, from renc, ranc row more at rank Date: 1638 transitive verb 1. to put into a proper order or into a correct or suitable sequence, relationship, or adjustment <arrange flowers in a vase> <arrange cards alphabetically> 2. to make preparations for ; plan <arranged a reception for the visitor> 3. a. to adapt (a musical composition) by scoring for voices or instruments other than those for which originally written b. orchestrate 4. to bring about an agreement or understanding concerning ; settle <arrange an exchange of war prisoners> intransitive verb 1. to bring about an agreement or understanding <arranged to have a table at the restaurant> 2. to make preparations ; plan <arranged for a vacation with his family> Synonyms: see order arranger noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v. 1 tr. put into the required order; classify. 2 tr. plan or provide for; cause to occur (arranged a meeting). 3 tr. settle beforehand the order or manner of. 4 intr. take measures; form plans; give instructions (arrange to be there at eight; arranged for a taxi to come; will you arrange about the cake?). 5 intr. come to an agreement (arranged with her to meet later). 6 tr. a Mus. adapt (a composition) for performance with instruments or voices other than those originally specified. b adapt (a play etc.) for broadcasting. 7 tr. settle (a dispute etc.). Derivatives: arrangeable adj. arranger n. (esp. in sense 6). Etymology: ME f. OF arangier f. à to + rangier RANGE

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Arrange Ar*range", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Arranged; p. pr. & vb. n. Arranging.] [OE. arayngen, OF. arengier, F. arranger, fr. a (L. ad) + OF. rengier, rangier, F. ranger. See Range, v. t.] 1. 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. So [they] came to the market place, and there he arranged his men in the streets. --Berners. [They] were beginning to arrange their hampers. --Boswell. A mechanism previously arranged. --Paley. 2. To adjust or settle; to prepare; to determine; as, to arrange the preliminaries of an undertaking. Syn: Adjust; adapt; range; dispose; classify.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(arranges, arranging, arranged) Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English. 1. If you arrange an event or meeting, you make plans for it to happen. She arranged an appointment for Friday afternoon at four-fifteen... VERB: V n 2. If you arrange with someone to do something, you make plans with them to do it. I've arranged to see him on Friday morning... It was arranged that the party would gather for lunch in the Royal Garden Hotel... He had arranged for the boxes to be stored until they could be collected. VERB: V to-inf, it be V-ed that, V for n to-inf 3. If you arrange something for someone, you make it possible for them to have it or to do it. I will arrange for someone to take you round... The hotel manager will arrange for a baby-sitter... I've arranged your hotels for you... VERB: V for n to-inf, V for n, V n 4. If you arrange things somewhere, you place them in a particular position, usually in order to make them look attractive or tidy. When she has a little spare time she enjoys arranging dried flowers... VERB: V n 5. If a piece of music is arranged by someone, it is changed or adapted so that it is suitable for particular instruments or voices, or for a particular performance. VERB: usu passive

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. v. a. 1. Dispose, array, class, classify, group, rank, marshal, array, distribute, place, range, put or bring into order, set in order, reduce to order, set out, assign places to. 2. Adjust, settle, determine, fix upon. 3. Plan, devise, contrive, project, mature, organize, concoct, construct, prepare, lay out. II. v. n. Agree, come to terms, settle.

Moby Thesaurus

accommodate, adapt, adjust, align, alphabetize, analyze, array, assort, blend, blueprint, break down, bring about, bring to terms, calculate, cast, catalog, categorize, chart, choreograph, class, classify, clear for action, clear the decks, close, close with, codify, compose, concert, conclude, contrive, cool off, cure, cut out, decide, deploy, design, determine, devise, digest, dispose, divide, dope out, dress, figure, file, fix, fix up, forecast, form, frame, get ready, grade, group, harmonize, hierarchize, index, instrument, instrumentate, integrate, intend, lay out, lay plans, line up, list, make a projection, make an adaptation, make arrangements, make peace, make preparations, make ready, make up, manipulate, map out, marshal, melodize, methodize, mobilize, musicalize, normalize, orchestrate, order, organize, pacify, pigeonhole, place, plan, plan ahead, position, prearrange, predetermine, prep, prepare, pretreat, process, program, project, provide, put in order, put in shape, put to music, put to rights, quiet, range, rank, rate, rationalize, ready, ready up, reduce to order, regularize, regulate, right, routinize, schedule, schematize, scheme, score, set, set in order, set out, set to music, set to rights, set up, settle, settle preliminaries, settle with, shape, sort, sort out, standardize, straighten out, structure, subdivide, symphonize, synthesize, systematize, tabulate, tan, tranquilize, transcribe, transpose, treat, trim, try out, type, unify, unsnarl, whip into shape, work out, work up, write


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