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range

noun  /reɪndʒ/ us  

range noun (LIMIT)

[C/U] the level to which something is limited, or the area within which something operates: [C] a wide range of subjects [C] The coat was beautiful, but way out of my price range. [C] I like temperatures in the 60s and 70s, somewhere in that range. [C/U] Range is also the period of time within which something happens, or the distance something travels: [U] the short/intermediate/long range [U] He was shot at very close range. [C/U] A vehicle’s or aircraft’s range is the distance that it can travel without having to stop for more fuel.

range noun (SET)

[C] a set of similar or related things: We offer a wide range of options. The clinic provides a full range of medical services. [C] A range (also (also line)) is a group of products of a particular type.

range noun (MOUNTAINS)

[C] a group of mountains or hills: the San Juan Range

range noun (PRACTICE AREA)

[C] an area where people can practice shooting guns or hitting golf balls, or where weapons can be tested

range noun (LAND)

[C] a large area of land for animals to feed on, or the region a type of animal or plant comes from and is most often found in

range noun (STOVE)

[C] a stove used for cooking that has a top surface with burners (= devices for controlling flames or heat) for heating food and usually an oven (= enclosed cooking space): gas/electric range

range

verb [I always + adv/prep]  /reɪndʒ/ us  

range verb [I always + adv/prep] (LIMIT)

to be limited to a particular length, amount, or area: Prices range from $50 to $250. Our discussions ranged over many issues.

range verb [I always + adv/prep] (LAND)

to move or travel with complete freedom: The hikers ranged over the hills all day.
(Definition of range from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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