Definition of arrange in English:



  • 1Put (things) in a neat, attractive, or required order.

    ‘she had just finished arranging the flowers’
    ‘the columns are arranged in 12 rows’
    • ‘The way the notes are arranged on the steelpan ensure that notes a semitone apart are never next to each other.’
    • ‘The outfits for each show arrive packed in plastic and are usually arranged in chronological order on the rails.’
    • ‘The sites in Table I are arranged in alphabetical order according to state, county, and local name, respectively.’
    • ‘In this reviewer's opinion, topics in the various chapters should be arranged in the order of their occurrence.’
    • ‘Bowls of soup, plates of bread, and small dishes of jam and butter had been arranged in careful order.’
    • ‘My new paint tubes are arranged in a neat arc, brushes and palette knife by their side, and an upturned white enamel plate ready to do duty as a palette until I can find an old one or buy new.’
    • ‘The letters have now been arranged in chronological order and catalogued.’
    • ‘The paintings were arranged in order along a yellow band that stretched around the white walls of the gallery's three divided spaces.’
    • ‘The bills had been arranged in order from the largest amounts to the smallest.’
    • ‘In one photo, flower pots have been arranged in a grid formation on stained cement.’
    • ‘Pour the custard batter into the prepared ramekins and arrange some crepe squares on top.’
    • ‘Container-grown plants can be arranged in endless ways to create the ambience you want.’
    • ‘My degree in English required me to undertake independent research in numerous research libraries, where books were customarily arranged in alphabetical order.’
    • ‘She looked at the various framed certificates, mounted onto the peach colored wall, that were arranged in an unbelievably neat order.’
    • ‘There is also a private bar on board and eight comfortable chairs of exquisite design are arranged in perfect order along the aisle.’
    • ‘The collection, arranged in chronological order, would require weeks, not days, to do it justice.’
    • ‘The pews were no longer haphazard and broken, instead they now were arranged in neat rows leading up to the front, where a bemused Tane and a fully clothed Ferik sat.’
    • ‘Lloyd Williams, who is curating the exhibition, added that the paintings, many of which represented women in the painter's life, would be arranged in chronological order.’
    • ‘On the white table, the fine silverware had been arranged in order.’
    • ‘This principle dictates that records should be kept arranged in the order in which they were found.’
    put in order, order, set out, lay out, spread out, array, present, put out, display, exhibit, group, sort, organize, tidy, position, dispose
    View synonyms
  • 2Organize or make plans for (a future event)

    ‘they hoped to arrange a meeting’
    ‘we've arranged the funeral for Saturday’
    [no object] ‘my aunt arranged for the furniture to be stored’
    • ‘Both interviews were arranged for 19 June 2003.’
    • ‘I was delighted when I read that a Midsummer Writing Festival was arranged for last weekend.’
    • ‘The Government hoped it would be left at that, and that a visit could be quietly arranged for the near future.’
    • ‘The organisation arranges events and holidays for disabled children with the theme of making dreams come true.’
    • ‘Another meeting was arranged for Monday night, April 5, to sort out the committee's finances and to assess what other assets it has.’
    • ‘Although he should have communicated through the Hongs, in fact an interview was arranged for him at which officials of Canton city were present.’
    • ‘A disco is arranged for Friday night and a shopping trip to Kilkenny for Saturday morning.’
    • ‘In the evening, the organisers hope to arrange a dinner and cabaret at West Lavington Manor, when some of the performers from the afternoon concert will be singing.’
    • ‘We're hoping to re arrange the event for later in the spring should water levels in the beck return to normal.’
    • ‘Still my family are so overcome by this momentous event they have arranged a big party for me when I go home tomorrow night.’
    • ‘Another concert was arranged for October, which was just as successful.’
    • ‘With both sides accepting Japanese mediation, a ceasefire was arranged for January 28.’
    • ‘They also run their own executive committee, produce their own business plan and arrange fund-raising events.’
    • ‘Except for the Naadam festival, which takes place from the end of June to the beginning of July, these performances are only arranged for tourists.’
    • ‘Our next meeting is arranged for Monday night November 1st at 8pm in the Marian Centre.’
    • ‘The Council also arranged a Seminar on Study Skills for Parents in January and a Seminar on the dangers of Drugs / Alcohol in February.’
    • ‘Government-sponsored art loans may be arranged in order to promote a nation's image overseas, attracting investments and favourable foreign relations policies.’
    • ‘Another meeting with regard to the proposed Mussel Festival is arranged for this evening, Wednesday, at 8.30 in the Community Centre.’
    • ‘A special event was arranged for us with the psychic Arthur Pacheco, who communicates with people in the next world.’
    • ‘The Pakistani delegation will also participate in International Tourism Conference arranged by the Indian Ocean Tourism Organisation.’
    organize, fix, plan, schedule, pencil in, devise, contrive
    View synonyms
    1. 2.1[no object]Reach agreement about an action or event in advance.
      ‘I arranged with my boss to have the time off’
      [with infinitive] ‘they arranged to meet at eleven o'clock’
      • ‘The two arranged to meet at a restaurant in downtown Houston.’
      • ‘Robert Walsh said he met Michael Clarke and arranged to pay him £20,000 for his services in cashing the cheques.’
      • ‘Mikhail had visited several addresses in St Mary's before he arranged to meet up with a man at the junction of Derby Road and Cranbury Avenue at about 11 pm last Wednesday.’
      • ‘I've arranged to meet him during the course of the week to discuss details and hopefully come to an arrangement.’
      • ‘Back in Sofia, I arranged to meet another second cousin, Stefan, who lives nearby in Slivenitsa.’
      • ‘Mr Blunden dialled 999 and told police he suspected he had illegal immigrants on board and arranged to meet them in the town centre.’
      • ‘‘I'm at ease with the fame that television has brought me,’ he says, relaxing in the lounge of the hotel in New York where we had arranged to meet.’
      • ‘I arranged to meet them later after I had found a place to stay.’
      • ‘Through friends of friends I have arranged to meet some journalists and actors over there, some of whom have archival video and stills from the Marcos era.’
      • ‘Shortly after, I called my assigned photographer and arranged to meet him at 11.’
      • ‘They had arranged to meet in front of the library on the day war was declared, to voice their opposition to what they believed was an unjust and unnecessary conflict.’
      • ‘Julie and Andy arranged to meet up at Julie's flat.’
      • ‘They arranged to meet at four o'clock; he told her he was manager of the garage now, so could leave when he pleased.’
      • ‘I'd arranged to meet him there ‘at the usual time’.’
      • ‘So he arranged to meet with a man who had headed a corporation with extensive business ties to Enron and who had been a prime recipient of Enron's political largesse.’
      • ‘I was coming home from a late night modeling assignment, and I had arranged to meet my former landlord to pick up my security deposit.’
      • ‘One footballer had arranged to meet up with a friend.’
      • ‘Upon further investigation, she found the house where her mother had lived in nearby Leigh-on-Sea and located her mother's sisters, Ella and Gladys, whom she arranged to meet.’
      • ‘She and a group of activists arranged to meet them.’
      • ‘A couple of months ago, for instance, an Australian production was ready to sign her up, but she arranged to meet with the director anyway.’
    2. 2.2Ensure that (something) is done or provided by organizing it in advance.
      ‘accommodations can be arranged if required’
      • ‘An airline which no longer operates has no obligation to arrange return flights or accommodation for its passengers.’
      • ‘From the moment the hospital gets the names of patients being offered surgery, staff are on the phone arranging travel and accommodation for relatives.’
      • ‘These laboratories monitor the patient overnight, report on the abnormalities and then ensure that treatment is arranged if necessary.’
      • ‘Sorry, but I cannot accept bids from outside of the UK, not unless you are prepared to arrange collection yourself and are fully aware of the costs involved.’
      • ‘Bring your own scuba gear, or have Joan arrange rental equipment in advance.’
      • ‘And even if you don't want to switch, make sure that you at least arrange an overdraft in advance so you can avoid any nasty surprises in the New Year.’
      • ‘The second important detail is to arrange accommodation in advance.’
      • ‘Kerry County Council, meanwhile, has been urged to arrange block insurance to provide public liability cover for ponymen operating in the Gap.’
      • ‘I don't know if he has any money, or whether they have arranged any transport or accommodation for him.’
      • ‘They are just prepared to arrange transport for us to get back home.’
      • ‘Careercare subsequently arranged travel and accommodation and she was flown to the UK over the weekend to start working the following Monday.’
      • ‘You can use the dealing services arranged by Friends Provident.’
      • ‘People intending to come are asked to call Mrs Nicholson in advance so that the organisers can arrange appropriate catering.’
      • ‘Alternative accommodation will be available for those who need it - please contact us in advance to arrange it.’
      • ‘The three doctors will prioritise cases and arrange pre-operative appointments to ensure that the surgery will take place next month.’
      • ‘Carlow Tourism arrange host family accommodation for a number of language schools who organise for foreign students to travel to Carlow during the year.’
      • ‘Many of us work weekends and had to arrange time off in advance.’
      • ‘He added that mainland companies should also take part in arranging charter flights to ensure that business is shared fairly.’
      • ‘Hardwick airfield is on private property, so you need to arrange your visit in advance.’
      • ‘Their mother had arranged legal guardianship to ensure that the boys would remain in the Catholic faith and not be influenced by relatives after her death.’
      prepare, allow, make provision, make preparations, be prepared, anticipate, make arrangements, get ready, plan, make plans, cater
      View synonyms
  • 3Music
    Adapt (a composition) for performance with instruments or voices other than those originally specified.

    ‘songs arranged for viola and piano’
    • ‘Much of the story is told via songs written and sung by me, and arranged by composer Hans Zimmer.’
    • ‘This collection of fifteen standard Christmas pieces is arranged for solo piano by Joseph Scianni.’
    • ‘The Peruvian Suite, compiled by Piccolodeon, is adapted from a book of Inca melodies arranged for flute and piano.’
    • ‘All their music is either arranged and adapted or composed by the group members, producing a most individual and imaginative sound.’
    • ‘More accurately, here are works that were either written for two pianos and later orchestrated, or written for orchestra and later arranged for two pianos.’
    • ‘In the 1800s it was not uncommon for orchestral works to be arranged for piano, thereby making home performance possible, after a fashion.’
    • ‘Each selection has been arranged as a piano solo with melody and accompaniment.’
    • ‘All the songs are folk-like in character, arranged for voice and piano with an optional violin part printed separately.’
    • ‘Never one to miss a business opportunity, Brahms also arranged the sonatas for viola, and I first heard them in this form.’
    • ‘Recent exposure to a Mozart string quartet arranged for four clarinets convinced me that Mozart knew what he was doing when he didn't score the original for four clarinets.’
    • ‘Grainger arranged the music at Stokowski's request.’
    • ‘The author has selected and arranged the music compositions in order of complexity and structural content.’
    • ‘Toward the end of his life, he arranged the Lachrymae for soloist and string orchestra as a favor to Cecil Aronowitz.’
    • ‘This is a collection of pieces by William Byrd, Giles Farnaby and John Bull arranged for string orchestra.’
    • ‘Constant Lambert arranged bits of Meyerbeer to create the skating ballet Les Patineurs, which also is chock-full of good tunes.’
    • ‘Thirty-four traditional and original tunes are arranged for two instruments, with chords for back-up musicians included.’
    • ‘If you want to play Irving Berlin, there is collected sheet music for his songs arranged for just about every instrument imaginable.’
    • ‘Purists, however, might regard arranging a Schubert string quartet for chamber orchestra as a step too far.’
    • ‘The encore - Le Basque - by Marin Marais, arranged for horn and piano is an absolute charmer.’
    • ‘In some cases, the composer himself arranged the music for string orchestra.’
    adapt, set, score, orchestrate, instrument, harmonize
    View synonyms
  • 4archaic Settle (a dispute or claim)

    ‘the quarrel, partly by the interference of the crown prince, was arranged’
    put in order, sort out, straighten out, tidy up, order, organize, adjust, clear up, set to rights, regulate, systematize
    View synonyms


Late Middle English: from Old French arangier, from a- (from Latin ad to, at) + rangier to range (see range).