1. adjective [verb-link ADJECTIVE]
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.
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
⇒ Napoleon ultimately failed in his plan to defeat the two armies arrayed against him.
3. adjective [verb-link ADJECTIVE preposition/adverb, adverb ADJECTIVE]
If someone is arrayed in particular clothes, especially attractive or beautiful ones, they are dressed in those clothes. [literary]
⇒ Sabrina has discarded her habitual boilersuit and is arrayed in black mini and tights.
⇒ ...gorgeously arrayed priests.
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