free-rang·​ing ˈfrē-ˈrān-jiŋ How to pronounce free-ranging (audio)
: moving or able to move or range freely over a wide area without restriction
free-ranging animals
I began roaming the streets to observe how free-ranging cats—feral cats and strays, as well as house cats allowed to wander freely—make a living in a city.James E. Childs
: not limited or narrow in scope or extent : wide-ranging
a free-ranging discussion
Mr. Enright is comparatively free-ranging and various in writing about what engages him; his subjects range from professors of literature to computers to "correctness" to aging and, above all, to words.William H. Pritchard

Examples of free-ranging in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Today, hundreds of free-ranging dogs live in the area around the site of the disaster, known as the exclusion zone. Emily Anthes,, 4 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of free-ranging was in 1841

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“Free-ranging.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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