Definition of “range” - English Dictionary

“range” in 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 (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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I hope that my committee will be able to do that so we can start consulting a wide range of interests in this extremely comprehensive proposal.
The key role played by legal and regulatory frameworks that promote competition and enable a better range of services to be provided to all citizens was recognised.
Furthermore, the rules set out in the proposal specify the full range of remediation actions to be carried out by the operator liable.
I believe this is a full and exhaustive report which truly deals with the whole range of problems affecting this region.
Another pressing concern is the disappearance of, or change in, the range of international trains that is therefore not being identified.
I want to mention something else, namely the issue of the cutbacks we see in a range of budget lines where small and medium-sized enterprises are concerned.
In the amendment, reference is made to the wide range of conscientious objections, with which we do, or do not, agree.
Indeed, observers have noted a growing rise in the number and range of services on offer, and a parallel increase in numbers and types of customers.
Finally, this being so, proposals such as creating crèches, cultural centres, public transport and so on range from the insignificant to the cynically hypocritical.
Although it proposes a range of non-binding measures, the stress on the role of local communities, especially police, social workers, local authority healthcare staff and others is the right emphasis.

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