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to place in proper, desired, or convenient order; adjust properly:
to arrange books on a shelf.
to come to an agreement or understanding regarding:
The two sides arranged the sale of the property.
to prepare or plan:
to arrange the details of a meeting.
Music. to adapt (a composition) for a particular style of performance by voices or instruments.
to make plans or preparations:
They arranged for a conference on Wednesday.
to make a settlement; come to an agreement:
to arrange with the coal company for regular deliveries.
Contemporary Examples

I had met him eight years earlier on my first New York session as an arranger.
“Dave’s Whipping Boy” Paul Shaffer October 1, 2009

Historical Examples

Why “the arranger” of legends should have “the truthful one” ascribed to him for his mother, is easy enough to see.
Sagas from the Far East Various

Then raise the upper part of the towel, and lay it even, so that the Sewer (arranger of dishes) may make a state.
Early English Meals and Manners Various

But the spirit of Dante had penetrated beyond the palpable substances of the explorer of facts, and the arranger of dates.
Amenities of Literature Isaac Disraeli

In most cases they conceive of some anthropomorphic being as the creator or arranger of the world.
Introduction to the History of Religions Crawford Howell Toy

Nature never meant him to be a plotter, an arranger of unpleasant surprises for parents.
The Princess Priscilla’s Fortnight Elizabeth von Arnim

Now, if it was prearranged, the awful fact emerges that there must have been an arranger; in other words, a creative power.
Science and Morals and Other Essays Bertram Coghill Alan Windle

Perhaps I shall become quite famous as an arranger of flowers on great London dinner-tables.
The Palace Beautiful L. T. Meade

Intelligence is only the arranger of materials already given in a chaotic condition.
Lux Mundi Various

As for Colonel de Neveu, he was everywhere, as the arranger of the festival.
Memoirs of Robert-Houdin, ambassador, author and conjurer Jean Henri Robert-Houdin

(transitive) to put into a proper, systematic, or decorative order
(transitive; may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to arrive at an agreement or understanding about; settle
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
(transitive) to adapt (a musical composition) for performance in a different way, esp on different instruments
(transitive) to adapt (a play, etc) for broadcasting
(intransitive) often foll by with. to come to an agreement

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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