- The definition of arrange is to put things in a certain order, form or design.
To alphabetize files is an example of arrange.
- Arrange is defined as to handle the details of an event, or to plan or cause some event to happen.
- To organize a wedding is an example of arrange.
- To plan a meeting in the park is an example of arrange.
transitive verbarranged, arranging
- to put in the correct, proper, or suitable order
- to sort systematically; classify
- to make ready; prepare or plan: to arrange a program of entertainment
- to arrive at an agreement about; settle
- Music to adapt (a composition) to other instruments or voices than those for which it was written, or to the style of a certain band or orchestra
Origin of arrangeMiddle English arengen ; from Old French arengier ; from a-, to + rengier, range
- to come to an agreement (with a person, about a thing)
- to make plans; prepare: arrange to be here later
- Music to write arrangements, esp. as a profession
verbar·ranged, ar·rang·ing, ar·rang·es
- To put into a specific order or relation; dispose: arrange shoes in a neat row.
- To plan or prepare for: arrange a picnic.
- To bring about or come to an agreement concerning; settle: Have the bride and groom arranged the date of the wedding?
- Music To adapt or rework (a composition) for other instruments or voices or as another style of performance.
- To come to an agreement: arrange with a friend for a ride to work.
- To cause something to happen or make plans for something to happen: arrange for a big wedding.
Origin of arrangeMiddle 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 Indo-European roots).
(third-person singular simple present arranges, present participle arranging, simple past and past participle arranged)
- This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive.
From Middle English arengen, arrangen (“to draw up a battle line”) from Old French arengier, arrangier (“to put in a line, put in a row”) from reng, rang, ranc (“line, row, rank”), from Frankish hring (“ring”), from Proto-Germanic *hringaz (“something bent or curved”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ker- (“to bend, turn”). Akin to Old High German (h)ring, Old Frisian hring, Old English hring, hrincg (“ring”), Old Norse hringr (“ring, circle, queue, sword; ship”). More at ring