noun, often attributive
\ ˈrānj How to pronounce range (audio) \

Definition of range

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(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 U.S. 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 : a cooking stove that has an oven and a flat top with burners or heating elements
3a : a place that may be ranged over
b : an open region over which animals (such as livestock) may roam and feed
c : the region throughout which a kind of organism or ecological community naturally lives or occurs
4 : the act of ranging about
5a(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
6a : 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
7a : 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
8a : the set of values a function may take on
b : the class of admissible values of a variable


ranged; ranging

Definition of range (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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
2a : to rove over or through
b : to sail or pass along
3 : to arrange (an anchor cable) on deck
4 : to graze (livestock) on a range

intransitive verb

1a : to roam at large or freely
b : to move over an area so as to explore it
2 : to take a position
3a : to correspond in direction or line : align
b : to extend in a particular direction
4 : to have range
5 : to change or differ within limits
6 of an organism : to live or occur in or be native to a region

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of range in a Sentence

Noun knew exactly how many head of cattle were turned out on the range that morning to graze didn't know she had such a wide range of knowledge until I talked to her Verb The selection of food ranged from mild to very spicy. Items on the menu range from American fare like hamburgers and hot dogs to Italian pasta dishes. Grizzly bears range over a much smaller area than they once did. The plant once ranged across the island. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun European bank stocks remain unloved, but there is a wide range: UBS is at the top end, at close to tangible book value, while Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse are at the other extreme, at around a third. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, 27 July 2022 Like previous years, Obama's picks are a diverse range of fiction and nonfiction—with a few surprising choices. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 26 July 2022 There is a wide range of treatments available for temporomandibular joint dysfunction, from nonsurgical methods like corrective dental appliances and physical therapy to surgery for the most severe cases. Julie Stewart, Men's Health, 26 July 2022 There is a vast range of methods that can be used to produce these high-quality carbon credits, but only a handful have been deployed at larger-than-lab scale. Erik Millar, Forbes, 25 July 2022 There is a wide range of options available to suit your company’s needs. The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 July 2022 But have no fear: There is a range of treatment options available, including vaginal moisturizers, estrogen creams, and personal lubricants. Corinne Sullivan, Woman's Day, 15 July 2022 As with all historical market data, there can be a wide range of results around those long-term averages. Ben Carlson, Fortune, 14 July 2022 The dude ranch, the traditional term, is now synonymous with the guest ranch, but there are a vast range of experiences. Eric Jay Toll, Chicago Tribune, 13 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The average listing price is $773,000, and rentals range between $2,800 and $3,500 a month in the Springfield community, according to Metcalf. Laura Scudder, Washington Post, 27 July 2022 Serafini's creates dinner and lunch specialties using local ingredients that range from Tenderloin Cognac and lasagna to pesto chicken and fried catfish, combining the best of Italy with Kentucky’s southern food traditions. The Courier-Journal, 25 July 2022 According to police, the victims range in age from 20 years old to 37 years old and were taken to a local hospital in good condition. Adam Sabes, Fox News, 25 July 2022 Many of us have unrealistic bucket-list items, and these could range from a desire to meet Aslan to flying in a P-51 Mustang piloted by Tom Cruise. Sarah Schutte, National Review, 24 July 2022 Concert tickets range from $39 to $79 and include fair admission. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 20 July 2022 Prices for appetizers range from $3.75 to $10, and from $10 to $13 for main dishes. Carol Deptolla, Journal Sentinel, 18 July 2022 Tickets for the event are still available and range from $15 to $157. Christi Carrasstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 18 July 2022 These may range in affordability, but state parks generally offer the least expensive adventures. Patrick Connolly, Orlando Sentinel, 17 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of range


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for range


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


Middle English, from Anglo-French renger, from renc, reng line, place, row — more at rank entry 1

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More Definitions for range


\ ˈrānj How to pronounce range (audio) \

Kids Definition of range

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a series of things in a line a range of mountains
2 : the distance over which someone or something can be seen, heard, or reached
3 : a cooking stove
4 : open land over which livestock may roam and feed
5 : a variety of choices within a scale a range of colors
6 : the difference between the least and greatest of a set of values
7 : the distance a gun will shoot
8 : a place where shooting is practiced


ranged; ranging

Kids Definition of range (Entry 2 of 2)

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 : to roam over or through The horses range freely.
3 : to come within specified limits We range in age from 7 to 13.


noun, often attributive
\ ˈrānj How to pronounce range (audio) \

Medical Definition of range

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the region throughout which a kind of organism or ecological community naturally lives or occurs
2 : the difference between the least and greatest values of an attribute or of the variable of a frequency distribution


intransitive verb
ranged; ranging

Medical Definition of range (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to change or differ within limits symptoms range in severity from mild to severe
2 of an organism : to live or occur in or be native to a region

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