v. ar·ranged, ar·rang·ing, ar·rang·es
1. To put into a specific order or relation; dispose: arrange shoes in a neat row.
2. To plan or prepare for: arrange a picnic.
3. To bring about or come to an agreement concerning; settle: Have the bride and groom arranged the date of the wedding?
4. Music To adapt or rework (a composition) for other instruments or voices or as another style of performance.
1. To come to an agreement: arrange with a friend for a ride to work.
2. To cause something to happen or make plans for something to happen: arrange for a big wedding.
[Middle English arengen, from Old French arengier : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see AD-) + rengier, to put in a line (from reng, rank (of warriors), line, of Germanic origin; see sker-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
Synonyms: arrange, marshal, order, organize, sort, systematize
These verbs mean to distribute or dispose persons or things properly or methodically: arranged the students alphabetically by last name; marshaled all relevant facts for the presentation; ordered my chaotic life; organized her desk; sorted the sweaters by color; systematized his coin collection by country and date.
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