Meaning of “range” in the English Dictionary

"range" in British English

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uk /reɪndʒ/ us /reɪndʒ/

range noun (SET)

B1 [ C ] a set of similar things:

I offered her a range of options.
There is a wide/whole range of opinions on this issue.

B1 [ C ] mainly UK US usually line the goods made by one company or goods of one particular type that are sold in a shop:

UK This jacket is part of our autumn/spring range.

B1 [ C ] a group of hills or mountains:

a mountain range
the Pennine Range
We could see a low range of hills in the distance.

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range noun (LIMIT)

B2 [ S ] the amount, number, or type of something between an upper and a lower limit:

The price range is from $100 to $500.
The product is aimed at young people in the 18–25 age range.
The coat was in/out of my price range.
This type of work is outside/beyond/out of my range (of experience).

C2 [ S or U ] the distance within which you can see, hear, or hit someone:

The ship was in/out of range of our guns.
He was shot at point blank/at close range (= from very near).

[ S ] the period of time in the future within which something is planned or expected to happen:

[ S ] the distance that a vehicle or aircraft can travel without having to stop for more fuel:

[ C ] all the musical notes that a singer can sing or a musical instrument is able to produce

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range noun (WEAPONS AREA)

[ C ] an area where people can practise shooting or where bombs or other weapons can be tested:

The soldiers were practising on the rifle/shooting range.
The bomb was tested on a missile range in the desert.

range noun (COOKER)

[ C ] UK also kitchen range an old type of cooker, with one or more ovens and cooking surfaces, that is heated with wood or coal and is kept hot all the time

[ C ] US UK cooker a large box-shaped device that is used to cook and heat food, either by putting the food inside or by putting it on the top:

She was cooking soup on the range.


uk /reɪndʒ/ us /reɪndʒ/

range verb (LIMIT)

B2 [ I usually + adv/prep ] to have an upper and a lower limit in amount, number, etc.:

Dress sizes range from petite to extra large.
Prices range between $50 and $250.

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(Definition of “range” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"range" in American English

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us /reɪndʒ/

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 ] 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.

[ 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):

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)

"range" in Business English

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uk /reɪndʒ/ us

[ C, usually singular ] a number of similar things considered as a group:

a range of sth They provide IT and consultancy services to a range of clients.
a wide/broad range The new regulations allow a much wider range of companies to sell legal services.
a range of issues/options/possibilities

[ C ] COMMERCE a set of products of a similar type that are sold by a particular company or store:

a broad/wide/huge range We stock a wide range of printers and accessories.
a full/extensive range They aim to offer a full range of online services for travellers.
a small/narrow/limited range Big-discount retailers sell a limited range at highly competitive prices.

[ C, usually singular ] the amount or type of something between an upper and lower limit:

in the range of $1500-$2000/£10,000-12,000, etc. The cost of building the new stadium is estimated to be in the range of €150-180 million.
in the ... range Their annual salaries are in the $30,000 to $40,000 range.
age/frequency/income range We interviewed customers across the whole age range, from 16 to 65.

[ C, usually singular ] FINANCE, STOCK MARKET the highest and lowest price at which a particular share has traded over a period of time:

Most of the fund's purchases are in the 250p-300p trading range.

[ S ] the limits of power, responsibility, experience, etc. that a person or organization has:

range of experience/skills/abilities The project is outside my range of experience.
trade in a narrow/tight range

FINANCE, STOCK MARKET to set the price of stocks or shares at a level where there is very little difference between the bottom and top price, especially when investors are nervous about a financial market:

The markets traded in a narrow range ahead of today's US interest-rate decision.

rangeverb [ I ]

uk /reɪndʒ/ us

to have an upper and lower limit in amount, level, etc.:

range from sth to sth Prices range from $50 to $1500.
range between sth and sth Charges range between 15% and 25%.

to include a group of things of the type described:

range from sth to sth They sell products ranging from batteries to high-end electronic goods.

(Definition of “range” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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