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Definition of range verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they range
    he / she / it ranges
    past simple ranged
    -ing form ranging
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  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 Accommodations range 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. Phrasal Verbsrange over somethingrange yourself/somebody against/with somebody/something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: range