Definition of rearrange in English:



  • 1 Move (something) into a more acceptable position or state.

    ‘she rearranged her skirt as she sat back in her chair’
    • ‘Flopping back on his back and sighing, he gave the blanket a futile tug then attempted to rearrange himself for a more comfortable position.’
    • ‘Instead of watching television the book suggests activities such as filing, dusting and rearranging your pictures.’
    • ‘Here, music is rearranged and recontextualized, but the original recordings are not altered.’
    • ‘Mathis remarkably rearranges himself into standing position, and holds out his hand.’
    • ‘Disruption is inevitably compounded by having to rearrange the team to change positions and adjust tactics, rather than make a straight swap.’
    • ‘It just copies particles' positions, and rearranges ones in the present to fit into the instruments.’
    • ‘Further settlement or secondary consolidation may then occur in the long term as the soil particles adjust and rearrange themselves to the applied load.’
    • ‘She demurely rearranged her skirts and sat with her back erect.’
    • ‘Jacqui was too busy rearranging her skirts after her untimely fall to notice our stiff conversation.’
    • ‘The position of the flats was rearranged each time they were watered.’
    • ‘If we played Dublin next Saturday, they would probably put out the same six forwards, foolishly rearranging them in different positions.’
    • ‘By touching the white boards or by using magnetic pointers teachers and pupils can alter and rearrange the information displayed.’
    • ‘I think it's a sign we travel with way too many electronics, but nonetheless, four are on the desktop so you don't have to go rearranging the furniture to charge up.’
    • ‘For example, if he noticed that I had dressed carelessly or improperly, he would come over and rearrange my shirt, adjust my robe and so on.’
    • ‘Another adjustment might be to rearrange office furniture to create extra space for someone using a wheelchair or an assistance dog.’
    • ‘Wherever we rounded the corner we'd find that someone had subtly rearranged the scenery.’
    • ‘Sieger is very tall, and out in the dark street his giant legs stride forth while I almost run at his side, clutching desperately at the side of my skirt, rearranging my bags to cover it.’
    • ‘She bent over the eleven sticks and rearranged them so that they were in this position.’
    • ‘He rose from his crouching position, rearranging his hair so that it no longer blocked the better part of his plain of vision.’
    • ‘He slowly willed his numb limbs to rearrange themselves into an upright position.’
    reposition, move round, change round, arrange differently, regroup, switch round, swap round
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    1. 1.1Change (the position, time, or order of something)
      ‘he had rearranged his schedule’
      • ‘One lady said she could have then rearranged childcare arrangements.’
      • ‘She has rearranged her childcare in order to get into town for 8.20 am and give herself a better chance of finding a parking space.’
      • ‘It had not been easy rearranging her schedule, but her assistant had proved to be a whiz all throughout the morning.’
      • ‘Sitting a three-month retreat can rearrange your whole view of practice.’
      • ‘You have rearranged your busy schedule to fit a workout at least three to four times per week.’
      • ‘She doesn't need to rearrange her schedule: she simply comes to the class when she has time.’
      • ‘We will rearrange our schedule to make room for you on Monday.’
      • ‘Jo had rearranged her schedule so she could baby-sit while Audrey attended the meeting.’
      • ‘Make an effort to rearrange the pattern of your evenings.’
      • ‘With two jobs, he rearranged his schedule a little and found himself working the breakfast rush more in the last week.’
      • ‘I'm rearranging my work schedule to see another show in two weeks.’
      • ‘People cancel soccer games, schedules are rearranged, high school football games are canceled.’
      • ‘The store's service was slick until it was found that the delivery driver had the wrong order and had to rearrange a new date to drop off the goods.’
      • ‘Joe ran over to the clinic to cancel his patients and rearrange his vacation schedule, and picked me up some breakfast on the way back.’
      • ‘The congregation has outgrown its building and often rearranges its Sunday meeting schedule and location to accommodate the many worshipers.’
      • ‘The course instructor had just rearranged the schedule and I assumed that the classrooms would remain unchanged.’
      • ‘My daughter and I would like to thank them and Miss Wrigglesworth for rearranging her schedule.’
      • ‘Instead of fighting this parent on a minor issue, however, I rearranged my conference schedule.’
      • ‘So we rearranged our schedules to meet with her last night and she actually brought a box of Kleenex.’
      • ‘Yesterday, Delaney was trying to rearrange his schedule in order to come.’
      reorganize, alter, adjust, reorder, reschedule, rejig, reshuffle
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