1 /reIndZ/ noun
1 GROUP (singular) a number of things which are all different but of the same general type
(+ of): an interesting range of books and videos | The drug is effective against a range of bacteria. | We teach the full range of ballroom dances. | wide/broad/whole range of: We have students from a wide range of backgrounds.
2 LIMITS/AMOUNTS (singular) the limits within which amounts, quantities, ages etc can vary: age/price etc range: toys suitable for children in the pre-school age range | in the range (of): I would expect a salary in the range of $25,000 to $30,000. | beyond/out of sb's range (=more than someone's limit on price, age etc): The price of the house is well beyond our range.
3 POWER/RESPONSIBILTY ETC (singular) the area of power, responsibility, or activities that a person or organization has; scope: the range of: The range of his power was immense. | within/outside the range of: These issues fall outside the range of the enquiry.
4 PRODUCTS (C) a set of similar products made by a particular company or available in a particular shop: The coconut shampoo is the best in the range.
(+ of): a new range of kitchenware | top of the range (=best): a new top of the range racing bike
a) (singular, uncountable) the distance within which something can be seen or heard
(+ of): The transmitter has a range of 10,000 miles. | within range (=near enough to reach, hear etc): By now the ship was within range of enemy radar. | out of range (=too far away to reach, hear etc): He was relieved that the others were out of range of his mother's penetrating voice. | at close range (=very near): You can see the animals at very close range.
b) (singular, uncountable) the distance over which a particular weapon can hit things: the gun's range
(+ of): missiles with a range of 500 miles | within range (=near enough to hit) | out of range (=too far away to hit): 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. | long/short range missile: The destroyer was equipped with short range missiles.
c) (C) the distance which a vehicle such as an aircraft can travel before it needs more petrol etc
(+ of): The VR 162 has a range of 2000 miles.
6 MUSIC (countable usually singular) all the musical notes that a particular singer or musical instrument can make: As the child grew older, his vocal range changed.
7 MOUNTAINS (C) a group of mountains or hills, usually in a line: a village in the foothills of the Karakoram range
8 WEAPONS TESTING (C) an area of land where you can test weapons or practise using them: a rifle range | a missile testing range
9 GRASS LAND (C, U) AmE a large area of grass land used by cattle
a) especially AmE a cooker
b) BrE a place in a kitchen where there is a fire for cooking, used in the past
—see also: free­range 2 verb
a) (intransitive always + adv/prep) 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 inhabitants. | range in age/size etc (=include many different ages, sizes etc): The shoes range in price from $25 to $100.
b) (intransitive always + adv/prep) to include a range of different feelings, actions etc: range from sth to sth: Their reactions ranged from anger to humiliation. | US intervention has taken many forms, ranging from supplying medicines to full-scale air strikes.
2 INCLUDE MANY SUBJECTS (I) to deal with a wide range of subjects or ideas in a book, speech, conversation etc: range (widely) over: His lectures ranged widely over a variety of topics.
—see also: wide­ranging
3 range yourself with/against to publicly state your agreement with, or opposition to, a particular group's beliefs and ideas: Police rounded up any individuals who had ranged themselves against the authorities.
4 ARRANGE (transitive always + adv/prep) to put things in a particular order or position: range sth on/along/against etc: Cups and plates neatly ranged on her shelves.
5 MOVE AROUND (intransitive always + adv/prep) to move around in an area of land; wander
(+ over/through): Cattle ranged over the pastures in search of food.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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