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range

noun uk   /reɪndʒ/ us  

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] (US also line) the goods made by one company or goods of one particular type that are sold in a shop: We stock the full range of model railway accessories. 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.

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: long-range plans short-/medium-/long-range weather forecasting [S] the distance that a vehicle or aircraft can travel without having to stop for more fuel: short-/medium-/long-range airliners [C] all the musical notes that a singer can sing or a musical instrument is able to produce

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 (LAND)

[C] US land for animals to feed on: The cowboys were herding the cattle on the range.

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 a cooker

range

verb uk   /reɪndʒ/ us  

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.

range verb (POSITION)

[T usually + adv/prep] to position people or things together, especially in rows: The crowd ranged itself along the route of the procession. The troops were ranged in front of the commanding officer.
Synonym

range verb (MOVE)

[I usually + adv/prep] to move or travel freely: The hens range freely about/over the farm. The walkers ranged through/over the hills all day. [I usually + adv/prep] (of a piece of writing or speech) to deal with: Our discussion ranged over many current issues. The findings of a wide-ranging (= including many subjects) survey of young people's attitudes are published today.
(Definition of range from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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