Inherited from Middle English arengen, arrangen (“to draw up a battle line”), borrowed from Old French arengier, arrangier (“to put in a line, put in a row”), derived from reng, rang, ranc (“line, row, rank”), from Frankish *hring (“ring”), from Proto-Germanic *hringaz, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *(s)krengʰ-, a form of Proto-Indo-European *(s)ker- (“to turn, bend”).
- (transitive) To set up; to organize; to put into an orderly sequence or arrangement.
- 1485, William Caxton, transl., edited by Sidney J. H. Herrtage, Lyf of the Noble and Crysten Prynce, Charles the Grete (in Middle English), London: Oxford UP, published 1880–81, book ij, part iij, cap. iij, page 153:
- & whan the frensshe men sawe thus the hors come, whyche was longyng to rychard, they were al affrayed and moeued, and came & opened the gate, and anone he entred in; and after that the yate was shette, they arenged them aboute the sayd hors, for compassyon of sorowe, wepyng pyetously.
- And when the Frenchmen saw thus the horse come, which was longing for Richard, they were all afraid and moved, and came and opened the gate, and anon he entered in; and after the gate was shut, they arranged them about the said horse for compassion of sorrow, weeping piteously.
- (transitive, intransitive) To plan; to prepare in advance.
- to arrange to meet; to arrange for supper
- 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter VIII, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., →OCLC:
- It had been arranged as part of the day's programme that Mr. Cooke was to drive those who wished to go over the Rise in his new brake.
- (music, transitive, intransitive) To prepare and adapt an already-written composition for presentation in other than its original form.
arrange (plural arranges)
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