Meaning of “arrange” in the English Dictionary

"arrange" in British English

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arrangeverb

uk /əˈreɪndʒ/ us /əˈreɪndʒ/

arrange verb (PLAN)

B1 [ I or T ] to plan, prepare for, or organize something:

I'm trying to arrange my work so that I can have a couple of days off next week.
The meeting has been arranged for Wednesday.
[ + to infinitive ] They arranged to have dinner the following month.
I've already arranged with him to meet at the cinema.
She's arranged for her son to have swimming lessons.
[ + that ] I'd deliberately arranged that they should arrive at the same time.
[ + question word ] We haven't yet arranged when to meet.

More examples

  • My secretary will phone you to arrange a meeting.
  • The company will arrange transport from the airport.
  • I've specially arranged my trip so that I'll be home on Friday evening.
  • We've arranged to stay overnight at my sister's house.
  • They tried to arrange a ceremony with as little fuss as possible.

arrange verb (PUT IN POSITION)

B2 [ T ] to put a group of objects in a particular order:

She arranged her birthday cards along the shelf.
Who arranged these flowers so beautifully?
His books are neatly arranged in alphabetical order.

More examples

  • I'll have to do some thinking about how best to arrange the books.
  • The desks were arranged in rows of ten.
  • I've arranged the pictures of the animals alphabetically from aardvark to zebra.
  • I've arranged the books alphabetically so don't muddle them up.
  • We arranged the chairs in a semicircle.
arranger
noun [ C ] uk /əˈreɪn.dʒər/ us /əˈreɪn.dʒɚ/

a flower arranger
The famous jazz musician Duke Ellington was a composer, arranger, and pianist.

(Definition of “arrange” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"arrange" in American English

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arrangeverb

us /əˈreɪndʒ/

arrange verb (PLAN)

[ I/T ] to plan or make preparations for something or for something to happen:

[ T ] He arranged a meeting between the two leaders.
[ + to infinitive ] My friends arranged to eat with me.
[ I ] Shelly arranged for the publication of her thesis.

arrange verb (PUT IN POSITION)

[ T ] to put something in a particular order:

We arranged the chairs in a circle.
Books should be arranged alphabetically by author.

arrange verb (WRITE MUSIC)

[ T ] to write the parts of a piece of music so that it can be played by a particular instrument or instruments

arranger
noun [ C ] us /əˈreɪn·dʒər/

Ellington was a composer, arranger, and pianist.

(Definition of “arrange” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"arrange" in Business English

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arrangeverb [ I or T ]

uk /əˈreɪndʒ/ us

to plan, prepare, or organize something:

The outing was arranged by the firm as part of a team-building exercise.
arrange an appointment/loan/meeting, etc. Industry leaders hastily arranged a meeting with city officials.
arrange for sth The bank arranged for the sale of $1.2 billion of consumer loans.
arrange for sb to do sth We can also arrange for you to receive specialist tax advice.
arrange to do sth Clients can arrange to discuss their finances at any time.

(Definition of “arrange” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)