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[uh-reynj] /əˈreɪndʒ/

verb (used with object), arranged, arranging.
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.
verb (used without object), arranged, arranging.
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.
(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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