arrange

Think it might be fun to be a party planner? These highly organized people arrange everything from invitations to music, food, even the lighting in the room, meaning they put everything in order.

At a concert, you look in your program to see what piece is next. There's a title, followed by the composer's name. Under that is another name, preceded by "arranged by." What does that mean? Every piece was originally written with a certain instrument or instruments in mind. In order for that music to be played by other instruments, it first has to be adapted, meaning someone has to arrange it. A symphony for kazoos? You can arrange that.

Definitions of arrange
  1. verb
    put into a proper or systematic order
    arrange the books on the shelves in chronological order”
    synonyms: set up
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    disarrange
    destroy the arrangement or order of
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    regularise, regularize
    make regular or more regular
    order
    place in a certain order
    order
    bring order to or into
    straighten
    make straight or straighter
    rearrange, rejigger
    put into a new order or arrangement
    serialise, serialize
    arrange serially
    alphabetise, alphabetize
    arrange in alphabetical order
    coordinate, organise, organize
    bring order and organization to
    stratify
    form layers or strata
    draw, string, thread
    thread on or as if on a string
    marshal
    arrange in logical order
    string
    stretch out or arrange like a string
    spread out, string out
    set out or stretch in a line, succession, or series
    plume, preen
    clean with one's bill
    stack
    arrange the order of so as to increase one's winning chances
    chain
    connect or arrange into a chain by linking
    geminate, pair
    arrange in pairs
    concord
    arrange the words of a text so as to create a concordance
    cascade
    arrange (open windows) on a computer desktop so that they overlap each other, with the title bars visible
    settle
    arrange or fix in the desired order
    pyramid
    arrange or build up as if on the base of a pyramid
    corral
    arrange wagons so that they form a corral
    catenate, catenulate
    arrange in a series of rings or chains, as for spores
    decorate, dress
    provide with decoration
    array, lay out, range, set out
    lay out orderly or logically in a line or as if in a line
    bundle, compact, pack, wad
    compress into a wad
    heap, pile, stack
    arrange in stacks
    distribute, stagger
    to arrange in a systematic order
    drape
    arrange in a particular way
    drape
    place casually
    set
    fix in a border
    gradate
    arrange according to grades
    line up
    form a line
    clean up, neaten, square away, straighten, straighten out, tidy, tidy up
    put (things or places) in order
    recode
    put into a different code; rearrange mentally
    reshuffle
    reorganize and assign posts to different people
    structure
    give a structure to
    interlock, mesh
    coordinate in such a way that all parts work together effectively
    even, even out
    make even or more even
    systematise, systematize, systemise, systemize
    arrange according to a system or reduce to a system
    bead
    string together like beads
    collate
    assemble in proper sequence
    disentangle, straighten out, unsnarl
    extricate from entanglement
    concatenate
    combine two strings to form a single one
    compart
    lay out in parts according to a plan
    puddle
    work a wet mixture, such as concrete or mud
    rick
    pile in ricks
    cord
    stack in cords
    wire
    string on a wire
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    lay, place, pose, position, put, set
    put into a certain place or abstract location
  2. verb
    arrange thoughts, ideas, or temporal events
    arrange my schedule”
    synonyms: order, put, set up
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    contemporise, contemporize, synchronise, synchronize
    arrange or represent events so that they co-occur
    phrase
    divide, combine, or mark into phrases
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    organise, organize
    cause to be structured or ordered or operating according to some principle or idea
  3. verb
    arrange attractively
    synonyms: coif, coiffe, coiffure, do, dress, set
    curry, dress, groom
    give a neat appearance to
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    bob
    cut hair in the style of a bob
    wave
    set waves in
    marcel
    make a marcel in a woman's hair
    gauffer, goffer
    make wavy with a heated goffering iron
    perm
    give a permanent wave to
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    groom, neaten
    care for one's external appearance
  4. verb
    plan, organize, and carry out (an event)
    synonyms: stage
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    dogfight
    arrange for an illegal dogfight
    tee up
    make detailed arrangements or preparations
    phase
    arrange in phases or stages
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    initiate, pioneer
    take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of
  5. verb
    make arrangements for
    “Can you arrange a meeting with the President?”
    synonyms: fix up
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    firm up
    arrange firmly
    concord
    arrange by concord or agreement
    settle
    dispose of; make a financial settlement
    prorate
    make a proportional settlement or distribution
    pay
    discharge or settle
    square
    pay someone and settle a debt
    compensate, make up, pay, pay off
    do or give something to somebody in return
    liquidate
    settle the affairs of by determining the debts and applying the assets to pay them off
    clean up
    dispose of
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    agree, concord, concur, hold
    be in accord; be in agreement
  6. verb
    set (printed matter) into a specific format
    synonyms: format
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    indent
    set in from the margin
    rubricate
    furnish with rubrics or regulate by rubrics
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    change
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  7. verb
    adapt for performance in a different way
    synonyms: set
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    prearrange
    arrange beforehand
    put
    adapt
    transpose
    put (a piece of music) into another key
    table, tabularise, tabularize, tabulate
    arrange or enter in tabular form
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    compose, write
    write music
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