Synonyms of range

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1 open land over which livestock may roam and feed
  • knew exactly how many head of cattle were turned out on the range that morning to graze

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2 an area over which activity, capacity, or influence extends
  • didn't know she had such a wide range of knowledge until I talked to her

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3 the distance or extent between possible extremes
  • an actor who can go through the full range of emotion, from joy to sorrow, in mere minutes

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4 a relaxed journey on foot for exercise or pleasure
  • they were stopped by security personnel while taking an innocent range through the palace grounds

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5 a series of persons or things arranged one behind another
  • from the air, the mountain range stretched as far as we could see in both directions

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6 an appliance that prepares food for consumption by heating it
  • the high-end appliances include a professional-quality gas range

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7 the place where a plant or animal is usually or naturally found
  • the American robin's winter range has steadily extended farther and farther north

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Synonyms & Antonyms of range (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to arrange or assign according to type
  • the campers were ranged in patrols, each patrol consisting of girls in a certain age group

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2 to move about from place to place aimlessly
  • she let her dog off the leash and whistled for him every now and then to make sure he didn't range out of hearing

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3 to occur within a continuous range of variation
  • the color of Florida grapefruit can range anywhere from pale pink to ruby red

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4 to put into a particular arrangement
  • chairs were ranged round the perimeter of the room

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Frequently Asked Questions About range

How does the noun range differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of range are compass, gamut, orbit, scope, and sweep. While all these words 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

When might compass be a better fit than range?

Although the words compass and range have much in common, compass implies a sometimes limited extent of perception, knowledge, or activity.

your concerns lie beyond the narrow compass of this study

When could gamut be used to replace range?

While the synonyms gamut and range are close in meaning, gamut suggests a graduated series running from one possible extreme to another.

a performance that ran the gamut of emotions

Where would orbit be a reasonable alternative to range?

The meanings of orbit and range largely overlap; however, 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

When is scope a more appropriate choice than range?

While in some cases nearly identical to range, scope is applicable to an area of activity, predetermined and limited, but somewhat flexible.

as time went on, the scope of the investigation widened

When is it sensible to use sweep instead of range?

The synonyms sweep and range are sometimes interchangeable, but sweep suggests extent, often circular or arc-shaped, of motion or activity.

the book covers the entire sweep of criminal activity

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The first known use of range was in the 14th century

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“Range.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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