Definition of arrangement in US English:



  • 1The action, process, or result of arranging or being arranged.

    ‘the arrangement of the furniture in the room’
    • ‘My children are at state schools and my health is in the care of the state - and I am happy with this socially just arrangement.’
    • ‘Government customers provide economic incentives in the process of arrangement of tenders and during the award and performance of contracts.’
    • ‘TGI Fridays has more than one seating arrangement, ranging from the stools around the central bar to cosy nooks for couples.’
    • ‘Within the next meadow only a few hundred feet away from Ysban's settlement was an arrangement of stone pillars.’
    • ‘The whole point of a federalist approach is that it lets the voters of the states decide what sort of arrangement counts as a social-policy success.’
    • ‘The cottages were so minuscule, they must have had some sort of stacking arrangement for sleeping.’
    • ‘The audience sit in a sort of three-cornered arrangement facing the main platform.’
    • ‘The shape of neurons varies with the number and arrangement of their processes.’
    • ‘Nor did he put the figures on display in a frontally disposed arrangement.’
    • ‘The books of the OT and NT have reached their present number and arrangement by a process of adjustment and elimination over centuries.’
    • ‘Tom Phillips presented a typically idiosyncratic arrangement of 40 sheets of Minutes from RA meetings on which he'd doodled quite exquisitely.’
    • ‘It's a big job, dressing a tree properly, and it takes a couple of days for the arrangement to settle down, during which period there is a need for much tweaking of the decorations until there's no further improvement to be made.’
    • ‘Pete finally settled on an arrangement that he was happy with, consisting of a butterfly and a long loop leading to a bowline on the bight.’
    • ‘If the Government wish to convince the Muslim community about the need to pay higher Haj charter fare, the process of charter arrangement must become transparent.’
    positioning, disposition, marshalling, ranging, ordering
    preparations, plans
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    1. 1.1 A thing that has been arranged in a neat or attractive way.
      ‘an intricate arrangement of gravel paths’
      • ‘A woman fitting Subhaporn's description came into the shop and ordered a large arrangement of flowers.’
      • ‘The competition this month is a flower arrangement in an egg cup.’
      • ‘The competition for an arrangement of spring garden flowers for the Jean Drew Plate was won by Eileen Spalding, with Joan Didio second and Minnie Dugmore third.’
      • ‘There are trees and bushes, wildlife and fauna rather than gravestones, flower arrangements, gravel and mowed lawns.’
      • ‘You can order an arrangement of silk flowers only or a combination of silk and fresh flowers.’
      • ‘You can bring along a flower arrangement or just bring flowers from your garden.’
      • ‘They had a small heel and a neat arrangement of straps that Ariana thought very pretty.’
      • ‘The singer spent two hours with the Brooks family and presented Robyn with a beautiful arrangement of flowers, as well as signed pictures.’
      • ‘An arrangement of porcelain flowers, or miniature horses, or even a bowlful of gardenias from yesteryear would qualify as one of today's tablescapes.’
      • ‘First prize is a £50 gift voucher to spend in store, and one runner-up will receive an arrangement of flowers, worth £20.’
      • ‘Simply immerse the cut stem into boiling water for a few seconds then use either in an arrangement or for cut flowers.’
      • ‘My mother is at the show this year, with a floral arrangement from Wroxham Flower Club.’
      • ‘Slightly angled stripes of red and white march across the painting's surface in a neat arrangement.’
      • ‘Use a sharp knife to trim stems before adding flowers to an arrangement, or before storing them in water.’
      • ‘But she was there as guest-of-honour on the night and was presented with a flower arrangement and £130.’
      • ‘They said they were impressed with the Longs' garden and all its features, including two small ponds and fountains, colourful flowers and plant arrangements.’
      • ‘Jean Radford, who also stepped down from the committee after three years, was also presented with chocolates and a flower arrangement.’
      • ‘It was set with silver, gold, porcelain, crystal and huge flower arrangements from the Imperial Greenhouses.’
      • ‘Jane's had a neat arrangement of books stacked on top of each other and a can of half-used blue hair dye.’
      • ‘While training demobbed squaddies for a return to Civvie Street, he produced a flower arrangement which delighted the general's wife when she was inspecting the troops.’
  • 2usually arrangementsPlans or preparations for a future event.

    ‘all the arrangements for the wedding were made’
    • ‘North Yorkshire county councillors are protesting to the Government about proposed new arrangements for sixth-form funding to be introduced from April 2002.’
    • ‘West Wiltshire Primary Care Trust is planning an overhaul of arrangements for hospital cover at all community hospitals under its control.’
    • ‘Could we request the university authorities to make better arrangements for holding these events in future, so that all students can exercise their right to associate and speak freely?’
    • ‘A spokeswoman said: ‘We will be looking at alternative staffing arrangements for the future.’’
    • ‘The coordinating committee is now working on the arrangements for the event.’
    • ‘Well, the first step is to have an objective professional appraisal of your current arrangements and future plans.’
    • ‘He must then suggest future arrangements for European cooperation.’
    • ‘The council is also waiting to hear about the detailed arrangements for the planning and administration of the national park.’
    • ‘When it came to healthcare Lewis said his government had prepared legislation and made arrangements for the introduction of a National Health Insurance Scheme.’
    • ‘A special meeting to make arrangements for this event will be held in the near future.’
    • ‘This year the scramble in Claremorris will be on the first Saturday in July and John has already made preliminary arrangements for the event.’
    • ‘For Spence, one of the main lessons that must be learned from the 2001 epidemic is that Scotland must be given full control over arrangements for dealing with future outbreaks.’
    • ‘A meeting will be held this evening, Tuesday, at 9pm in the Ballina Sports and Leisure Centre to make final arrangements for this event.’
    • ‘Another worker spent her first month as a legislative aide making arrangements for fund-raising events, the documents said.’
    • ‘These letters reveal the eager young composer fretting anxiously over arrangements for the premiere of the work.’
    • ‘The Renuka Sangeetha Sabha, which is making arrangements for Saturday's event, has been organising a variety of music programmes to encourage young musicians.’
    • ‘I've already made preliminary arrangements for our plan, Nicholas.’
    • ‘The elaborate arrangements for the event extended to the provision of viewing facilities for the thousands of people who would come to the race.’
    • ‘We hope this will give you time to plan your own arrangements for Christmas and that as you pass Market House you can feel that you had a hand in the start of the restoration of the building.’
    • ‘The Military District of Washington coordinated arrangements for the many events that led up to Reagan's official state funeral.’
    • ‘In his letter in last week's Gazette, Vincent Doey referred to the future arrangements for the Parent Partnership Services for children in Wiltshire with special educational needs.’
    arrangements, planning, plans, provision, preparatory measures, preliminaries, necessary steps, groundwork, spadework, foundation, gearing up
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    1. 2.1 An agreement with someone.
      ‘the travel agents have an arrangement with the hotel’
      ‘by special arrangement, students can take a course in other degree programs’
      • ‘The sub-committee have come to an arrangement with other Waterford clubs to accommodate Tramore members who wish to play golf during those closed days.’
      • ‘Product fees are hidden under various disguises such as booking fee, reservation fee, processing fee, arrangement fee or completion fee.’
      • ‘‘The PCT has come to an arrangement with Hathaway Surgery and seven other local practices for the provision of this care,’ a spokesman said.’
      • ‘This exhibition can be viewed by special arrangement with the organizers and by appointment only.’
      • ‘Videotapes may be sent as auditions by special arrangement with the artistic director or assistant.’
      • ‘Shop owners should make arrangements for the proper disposal of waste in arrangement with local authorities.’
      • ‘Mrs Gover said she would like to come to an arrangement with Holy Trinity Primary School in Great Cheverell to arrange visits by schoolchildren to see the wildlife flora and fauna on the farm.’
      • ‘It is understandable that such an arrangement could seem attractive at a time when hospitals are desperately over budget and seeking every possible way of cutting costs and boosting revenue.’
      • ‘The heart of the matter was, he never truly knew how to love anyone and was unsure of how to rightly approach someone without it being some sort of business arrangement.’
      • ‘Is there any circumstance in which you can come to an arrangement with Kerry campaign not to run?’
      • ‘The proposal includes an arrangement with the City of Toronto Parking Authority to purchase 150 spaces in the completed development.’
      • ‘His failure to create a contractual arrangement with his passengers means that he is constantly taken advantage of.’
      • ‘The flexibility inherent in such an arrangement would prove attractive to Aer Lingus, which could also take up purchase options on aircraft it may choose to lease in the short-term.’
      • ‘And wherever we perceive repetition we conceive a syntactic sequence - an order or systematic arrangement of its parts.’
      • ‘For everyone concerned it was a neat arrangement.’
      • ‘The implementation of such policies may therefore require cross-border agreements and cooperative arrangements between neighbouring local government bodies.’
      • ‘Other regional agreements or arrangements deal with marine pollution emergencies and port state control of shipping.’
      • ‘The school had also come to an arrangement with a local pub for parents to use its car park when dropping or collecting their youngsters.’
      • ‘No contractual arrangements or personal agreements between same-sex or de facto couples can override the legislation.’
      • ‘From Monday a new arrangement with county council contractors Hills Waste came into effect.’
      • ‘We believe that unions and employees should have the right to include arrangements within a collective agreement that will allow for non-union members to pay a bargaining fee.’
      • ‘Now, by special arrangement with concert promoter Raymond Gubbay and the Royal Albert Hall, Saga is delighted to invite you to a magical night at the ballet.’
      agreement, appointment, engagement, deal, understanding, settlement, bargain, compact, pact, contract, covenant, compromise, gentleman's agreement
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  • 3A composition adapted for performance with different instruments or voices than those originally specified.

    ‘Mozart's symphonies in arrangements for cello and piano’
    • ‘The volume concludes with concert arrangements of Chopin's Rondo, Op. 16, and five waltzes.’
    • ‘He has published numerous supplementary books for college group instruction, as well as duet and duo piano arrangements for young students.’
    • ‘Many important lessons about music making and piano technique can be gleaned through the teaching of these attractive arrangements.’
    • ‘One work the couple has performed frequently is a four-hand arrangement of Brahms's Fourth Symphony, written by the composer himself.’
    • ‘A teacher's companion book that includes activities for the classroom and sheet music arrangements of the songs also is available.’
    • ‘Although not all the symphonies survive, three are preserved in arrangements by the composer for piano duet.’
    • ‘He therefore embarked on a series of arrangements for String Orchestra in an attempt to present the String Quartet medium to a wider audience.’
    • ‘A body of such works as instrumental duets and arrangements of theatrical tunes for small ensembles was tailored to amateur musicians of limited abilities.’
    • ‘Composer Christopher Dedrick combines bombastic orchestral arrangements coupled with delicate choral and piano pieces for the instrumental score.’
    • ‘The Andante is an arrangement for string orchestra of one of the movements of the quartet.’
    • ‘They gave many performances of original arrangements from his operetta material.’
    • ‘I was impressed by the sincerity of his voice and the musical arrangements of his songs.’
    • ‘He also gives a witty solo performance in the piano arrangement of the Valse from Façade.’
    • ‘Some of the orchestral musical arrangements sound absolutely spectacular.’
    • ‘To me the musical arrangement, instrumentation, vocals and harmonies, are just as important as the lyrics.’
    • ‘The soundtrack offers a mix of orchestral arrangements, instrumental soloists and pop with a hint of strings.’
    • ‘This collection contains twelve song arrangements for piano with the lyrics printed at the close.’
    • ‘Movies are a great source of memorable melodies, and the latest to enter the orchestral arrangements field is composer and pianist Brian Byrne.’
    • ‘Haydn's musical genius created the perfect accompaniments and arrangements for the folk melodies, elevating them to first-class lieder.’
    • ‘His speciality is extension of the guitar repertoire, with arrangements of Chopin, Brahms and, particularly, J S Bach.’
    adaptation, setting, scoring, orchestration, instrumentation, reduction, harmonization
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  • 4archaic A settlement of a dispute or claim.