range1 W1S1 [reındʒ] n
1¦(variety of things/people)¦
7¦(place for shooting)¦
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: renge, from rengier; RANGE2]
1.) ¦(VARIETY OF THINGS/PEOPLE)¦ [C usually singular]
a number of people or things that are all different, but are all of the same general type
range of
a range of services
The drug is effective against a range of bacteria.
wide/broad/whole/full range of sth
students from a wide range of backgrounds
They give advice on a whole range of subjects.
narrow/limited range of sth
A fairly narrow range of people are responsible for key decisions.
2.) ¦(LIMITS)¦
the limits within which amounts, quantities, ages etc vary
age/price/temperature etc range
toys suitable for children in the pre-school age range
a temperature range of 72-85º
in/within a ... range
Your blood pressure's well within the normal range.
in the range (of) sth to sth
a salary in the range of $25,000 to $30,000
Even the cheapest property was out of our price range (=too expensive for us) .
3.) ¦(PRODUCTS)¦
a set of similar products made by a particular company or available in a particular shop
range of
a new range of kitchenware
A company from Darlington has just launched its latest range of fashion jewellery.
The watches in this range are priced at £24.50.
We have a very large product range .
4.) ¦(DISTANCE)¦
a) [U and C]
the distance over which a particular weapon can hit things
range of
missiles with a range of 3000 km
within range (of sth)
We waited until the enemy was within range.
out of/beyond range (of sth)
I ducked down to get out of range of the gunshots.
at close/short/point-blank range
(=from very close)
Both men had been shot at point-blank range .
b) [U and C]
the distance within which something can be seen or heard
within range (of sth)
a handsome man who drew admiring glances from any female within range
any spot within range of your radio signal
out of/beyond range (of sth)
Joan hoped that the others were out of range of her mother's voice.
One way to see birds at close range is to attract them into your own garden.
the distance which a vehicle such as an aircraft can travel before it needs more ↑fuel etc
range of
The plane has a range of 3,600 miles.
5.) ¦(MUSIC)¦ [C usually singular]
all the musical notes that a particular singer or musical instrument can make
His vocal range is amazing.
a group of mountains or hills, usually in a line
a land of high mountain ranges and deep valleys
range of mountains/hills
the longest range of hills in the Lake District
an area of land where you can practise shooting or where weapons can be tested
a rifle range
the police shooting range
8.) ¦(ABILITY)¦ [U and C]
the number of different things that someone, especially an actor or actress, does well
an actor of extraordinary range and intensity
9.) ¦(LAND)¦ [U and C]
AmE a large area of land covered with grass, on which cattle are kept
a) AmE a ↑cooker
b) BrE a large piece of kitchen equipment in which you make a fire and use this heat to cook food
a coal-fired kitchen range
range 2
range2 W3 v
2¦(deal with many subjects)¦
3¦(move around)¦
4 range yourself with/against somebody/something
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: rengier, from renc, reng; RANK1]
1.) ¦(INCLUDE)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition]
a) to include a variety of different things or people in addition to those mentioned
range from sth to sth
The show had a massive audience, ranging from children to grandparents.
b) if prices, levels, temperatures etc range from one amount to another, they include both those amounts and anything in between
range from sth to sth
There were 120 students whose ages ranged from 10 to 18.
range between sth and sth
The population of these cities ranges between 3 and 5 million.
range in age/size/price etc
The shoes range in price from $25 to $100.
to deal with a wide range of subjects or ideas in a book, speech, conversation etc
range over
The conversation had ranged over a variety of topics, from sport to current affairs.
The discussion ranged widely .
3.) ¦(MOVE AROUND)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition]
to move around in an area without aiming for a particular place
= ↑wander range over/through
Cattle ranged over the pastures in search of food.
4.) range yourself with/against sb/sth
[i]formal to publicly state your agreement with, or opposition to, a particular group's beliefs and ideas
individuals who had ranged themselves against the authorities
5.) ¦(ARRANGE)¦
BrE [T always + adverb/preposition] formal
to put things in a particular order or position
In the dining room, team photographs were ranged along the wall.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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