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Definition of range verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    range

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//reɪndʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//reɪndʒ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they range
    BrE BrE//reɪndʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//reɪndʒ//
     
    he / she / it ranges
    BrE BrE//ˈreɪndʒɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈreɪndʒɪz//
     
    past simple ranged
    BrE BrE//reɪndʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//reɪndʒd//
     
    past participle ranged
    BrE BrE//reɪndʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//reɪndʒd//
     
    -ing form ranging
    BrE BrE//ˈreɪndʒɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈreɪndʒɪŋ//
     
     
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    vary
  1. 1[intransitive] to vary between two particular amounts, sizes, etc., including others between them range from A to B to range in size/length/price from A to B Accommodation ranges from tourist class to luxury hotels. range between A and B Estimates of the damage range between $1 million and $5 million.
  2. 2[intransitive] to include a variety of different things in addition to those mentioned range from A to B She has had a number of different jobs, ranging from chef to swimming instructor. + adv./prep. The conversation ranged widely (= covered a lot of different topics). see also wide-ranging
  3. arrange
  4. 3[transitive, usually passive] range somebody/something/yourself + adv./prep. (formal) to arrange people or things in a particular position or order The delegates ranged themselves around the table. Spectators were ranged along the whole route of the procession.
  5. move around
  6. 4[intransitive, transitive] to move around an area + adv./prep. He ranges far and wide in search of inspiration for his paintings. range something Her eyes ranged the room.
  7. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘line of people or animals’): from Old French range ‘row, rank’, from rangier ‘put in order’, from rang ‘rank’. Early usage also included the notion of ‘movement over an area’.Extra examples Her lecture ranged over a number of topics. Her scores ranged from 23% up as high as 88%. The disease ranges widely in severity. The opinions they expressed ranged right across the political spectrum. The town’s population ranged between 15 and 20 000. Their ages range up to 84. an array of lilies, ranging through yellow to purple prices ranging from about $10 to $500 Bees love apple blossom and will range far and wide to find it. Estimates of the damage range between $1 million and $5 million. The conversation ranged widely. They ranged over the entire Pacific in their ocean-going boats. Voles and lemmings range widely across the central and southern tundra. Wild horses used to range freely around the plains. Phrasal Verbsrange over somethingrange somebody with somebody
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