1. adjective [v-link ADJ] If things are arrayed in a particular way, they are arranged or displayed in that way. [formal] ⇒ Cartons of Chinese food were arrayed on a large oak table. ⇒ ...how molecules are arrayed in materials such as plastics and other polymers. 2. adjective If something such as a military force is arrayed against someone, it is ready and able to be used against them. [formal] ⇒ The trouble with all such proposals is that so many powerful interests are arrayed against them. ⇒ Napoleon ultimately failed in his plan to defeat the two armies arrayed against him. 3. adjective [v-link ADJ prep/adv, adv ADJ] If someone is arrayed in particular clothes, especially attractive or beautiful ones, they are dressed in those clothes. [literary] clad ⇒ Sabrina has discarded her habitual boilersuit and is arrayed in black mini and tights. ⇒ ...gorgeously arrayed priests.
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