Definition of rearrange in US English:

rearrange

verb

[with object]
  • 1Move (something) into a more acceptable position or state.

    ‘she rearranged her skirt as she sat back in her chair’
    • ‘Disruption is inevitably compounded by having to rearrange the team to change positions and adjust tactics, rather than make a straight swap.’
    • ‘The position of the flats was rearranged each time they were watered.’
    • ‘She bent over the eleven sticks and rearranged them so that they were in this position.’
    • ‘Wherever we rounded the corner we'd find that someone had subtly rearranged the scenery.’
    • ‘It just copies particles' positions, and rearranges ones in the present to fit into the instruments.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Flopping back on his back and sighing, he gave the blanket a futile tug then attempted to rearrange himself for a more comfortable position.’
    • ‘He slowly willed his numb limbs to rearrange themselves into an upright position.’
    • ‘He rose from his crouching position, rearranging his hair so that it no longer blocked the better part of his plain of vision.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Here, music is rearranged and recontextualized, but the original recordings are not altered.’
    • ‘Instead of watching television the book suggests activities such as filing, dusting and rearranging your pictures.’
    • ‘If we played Dublin next Saturday, they would probably put out the same six forwards, foolishly rearranging them in different positions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mathis remarkably rearranges himself into standing position, and holds out his hand.’
    • ‘Another adjustment might be to rearrange office furniture to create extra space for someone using a wheelchair or an assistance dog.’
    • ‘By touching the white boards or by using magnetic pointers teachers and pupils can alter and rearrange the information displayed.’
    • ‘Further settlement or secondary consolidation may then occur in the long term as the soil particles adjust and rearrange themselves to the applied load.’
    • ‘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.’
    reposition, move round, change round, arrange differently, regroup, switch round, swap round
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    1. 1.1 Change (the position, time, or order of something)
      ‘he had rearranged his schedule’
      • ‘It had not been easy rearranging her schedule, but her assistant had proved to be a whiz all throughout the morning.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Jo had rearranged her schedule so she could baby-sit while Audrey attended the meeting.’
      • ‘Yesterday, Delaney was trying to rearrange his schedule in order to come.’
      • ‘Make an effort to rearrange the pattern of your evenings.’
      • ‘My daughter and I would like to thank them and Miss Wrigglesworth for rearranging her schedule.’
      • ‘The course instructor had just rearranged the schedule and I assumed that the classrooms would remain unchanged.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She doesn't need to rearrange her schedule: she simply comes to the class when she has time.’
      • ‘I'm rearranging my work schedule to see another show in two weeks.’
      • ‘One lady said she could have then rearranged childcare arrangements.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You have rearranged your busy schedule to fit a workout at least three to four times per week.’
      • ‘We will rearrange our schedule to make room for you on Monday.’
      • ‘People cancel soccer games, schedules are rearranged, high school football games are canceled.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘With two jobs, he rearranged his schedule a little and found himself working the breakfast rush more in the last week.’
      • ‘Sitting a three-month retreat can rearrange your whole view of practice.’
      • ‘The congregation has outgrown its building and often rearranges its Sunday meeting schedule and location to accommodate the many worshipers.’
      reorganize, alter, adjust, change, change round, reorder, reschedule, rejig, reshuffle
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Pronunciation

rearrange

/ˌrēəˈrān(d)ZH//ˌriəˈreɪn(d)ʒ/