Meaning of “arrangement” in the English Dictionary

"arrangement" in British English

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arrangementnoun

uk /əˈreɪndʒ.mənt/ us /əˈreɪndʒ.mənt/

arrangement noun (PLAN)

B1 [ C usually plural ] a plan for how something will happen:

They'd made all the arrangements for the party.
[ + to infinitive ] Arrangements were made to move the prisoners to another jail.
What are your current childcare arrangements?

B2 [ C or U ] an agreement between two people or groups about how something happens or will happen:

[ + that ] We had an arrangement that he would clean the house and I would cook.
I'm sure we can come to an arrangement (= reach an agreement).
You can only withdraw money from this account by (prior) arrangement (= after making plans to do so) with the bank.

More examples

  • He has some special arrangement with his supplier, which means he's able to sell his goods more cheaply.
  • The organizers failed to make the necessary arrangements for dealing with so many people.
  • Seeing that he wasn't happy with the arrangements, I tried to book a different hotel.
  • I'm a bit confused about the arrangements for tonight.
  • All the travel arrangements have been taken care of.

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

"arrangement" in American English

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arrangementnoun [ C ]

us /əˈreɪndʒ·mənt/

arrangement noun [ C ] (WRITING MUSIC)

a plan for how the parts of a piece of music can be played by a particular instrument or instruments:

an arrangement for trumpet and cello

arrangement noun [ C ] (POSITION)

a particular way in which things are put together or placed:

a flower arrangement

arrangement noun [ C ] (PLAN)

a plan or preparation for something, esp. for something to happen in a particular way:

She had an arrangement to work at home two days a week.
Since the hotel was full, we had to make other arrangements.

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

"arrangement" in Business English

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arrangementnoun

uk /əˈreɪndʒmənt/ us

[ C, usually plural ] a plan or preparation for how something will happen:

make an arrangement There wasn't enough time for him to make alternative arrangements.
arrangement (for sb) to do sth Some people have very complicated arrangements to avoid paying tax.
funeral/travel arrangements

[ C or U ] COMMERCE a formal agreement between two companies, groups, or people, which provides an advantage to each:

This is a mutually beneficial arrangement for both companies.
arrangement with sb In the company's attempts to cut costs it has ended its arrangement with its biggest supplier.

[ C, usually singular ] FINANCE a formal agreement that allows someone who is having difficulty paying a debt to pay it back over a longer period of time or to pay back only a part of the total amount

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