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noun \ˈrānj\

Simple Definition of range

  • : a group or collection of different things or people that are usually similar in some way

  • : a series of numbers that includes the highest and lowest possible amounts

  • : the total amount of ability, knowledge, experience, etc., that a person has

Full Definition of range

  1. 1 a (1) :  a series of things in a line :  row (2) :  a series of mountains (3) :  one of the north-south rows of townships in a United States public-land survey that are numbered east and west from the principal meridian of the survey b :  an aggregate of individuals in one order c :  a direction line

  2. 2 :  a cooking stove that has an oven and a flat top with burners or heating elements

  3. 3 a :  a place that may be ranged over b :  an open region over which animals (as livestock) may roam and feed c :  the region throughout which a kind of organism or ecological community naturally lives or occurs

  4. 4 :  the act of ranging about

  5. 5 a (1) :  the horizontal distance to which a projectile can be propelled (2) :  the horizontal distance between a weapon and target b :  the maximum distance a vehicle or craft can travel without refueling c (1) :  a place where shooting is practiced (2) :  driving range

  6. 6 a :  the space or extent included, covered, or used :  scope b :  the extent of pitch covered by a melody or lying within the capacity of a voice or instrument

  7. 7 a :  a sequence, series, or scale between limits <a wide range of patterns> b :  the limits of a series :  the distance or extent between possible extremes c :  the difference between the least and greatest values of an attribute or of the variable of a frequency distribution

  8. 8 a :  the set of values a function may take on b :  the class of admissible values of a variable

  9. 9 :  line 11

Examples of range

  1. <knew exactly how many head of cattle were turned out on the range that morning to graze>

  2. <didn't know she had such a wide range of knowledge until I talked to her>

Origin of range

Middle English, row of persons, from Anglo-French range, renge, from renger to range

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of range

range, gamut, compass, sweep, scope, orbit mean the extent that lies within the powers of something (as to cover or control). range is a general term indicating the extent of one's perception or the extent of powers, capacities, or possibilities <the entire range of human experience>. gamut suggests a graduated series running from one possible extreme to another <a performance that ran the gamut of emotions>. compass implies a sometimes limited extent of perception, knowledge, or activity <your concerns lie beyond the narrow compass of this study>. sweep suggests extent, often circular or arc-shaped, of motion or activity <the book covers the entire sweep of criminal activity>. scope is applicable to an area of activity, predetermined and limited, but somewhat flexible <as time went on, the scope of the investigation widened>. orbit suggests an often circumscribed range of activity or influence within which forces work toward accommodation <within that restricted orbit they tried to effect social change>.

Rhymes with range




Simple Definition of range

  • : to include everything between specified limits

  • : to live or grow in a particular area

  • : to move around an area

Full Definition of range


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to set in a row or in the proper order b :  to place among others in a position or situation c :  to assign to a category :  classify

  3. 2 a :  to rove over or through b :  to sail or pass along

  4. 3 :  to arrange (an anchor cable) on deck

  5. 4 :  to graze (livestock) on a range

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 a :  to roam at large or freely b :  to move over an area so as to explore it

  8. 2 :  to take a position

  9. 3 a :  to correspond in direction or line :  align b :  to extend in a particular direction

  10. 4 :  to have range

  11. 5 :  to change or differ within limits

  12. 6 of an organism :  to live or occur in or be native to a region

Examples of range

  1. The selection of food ranged from mild to very spicy.

  2. Items on the menu range from American fare like hamburgers and hot dogs to Italian pasta dishes.

  3. Grizzly bears range over a much smaller area than they once did.

  4. The plant once ranged across the island.

Origin of range

Middle English, from Anglo-French renger, from renc, reng line, place, row — more at rank

First Known Use: 14th century

RANGE Defined for Kids



noun \ˈrānj\

Definition of range

  1. 1 :  a series of things in a line <a range of mountains>

  2. 2 :  the distance over which someone or something can be seen, heard, or reached

  3. 3 :  a cooking stove

  4. 4 :  open land over which livestock may roam and feed

  5. 5 :  a variety of choices within a scale <a range of colors>

  6. 6 :  the difference between the least and greatest of a set of values

  7. 7 :  the distance a gun will shoot

  8. 8 :  a place where shooting is practiced




Definition of range


  1. 1 :  to arrange in a particular place or order <There were at least a thousand musicians ranged in a great arc … — Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth>

  2. 2 :  to roam over or through <The horses range freely.>

  3. 3 :  to come within specified limits <We range in age from 7 to 13.>

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