Definition of Rank in English :

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Rank meaning in English

Meaning of Rank in English

Pronunciation of Rank in English

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1. rank

a row or line of people (especially soldiers or police) standing abreast of one another

Example Sentences:
'the entrance was guarded by ranks of policemen'

2. rank

relative status

Example Sentences:
'his salary was determined by his rank and seniority'

3. rank, rank and file

the ordinary members of an organization (such as the enlisted soldiers of an army)

Example Sentences:
'the strike was supported by the union rank and file'
'he rose from the ranks to become a colonel'

4. rank, social rank, social station, social status

position in a social hierarchy

Example Sentences:
'the British are more aware of social status than Americans are'

5. membership, rank

the body of members of an organization or group

Example Sentences:
'they polled their membership'
'they found dissension in their own ranks'
'he joined the ranks of the unemployed'


6. rank

take or have a position relative to others

Example Sentences:
'This painting ranks among the best in the Western World'

7. grade, order, place, range, rank, rate

assign a rank or rating to

Example Sentences:
'how would you rank these students?'
'The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide'

8. outrank, rank

take precedence or surpass others in rank


9. rank

very fertile; producing profuse growth

Example Sentences:
'rank earth'

10. rank

very offensive in smell or taste

Example Sentences:
'a rank cigar'

11. crying, egregious, flagrant, glaring, gross, rank

conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible

Example Sentences:
'a crying shame'
'an egregious lie'
'flagrant violation of human rights'
'a glaring error'
'gross ineptitude'
'gross injustice'
'rank treachery'

12. absolute, downright, out-and-out, rank, right-down, sheer

complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers

Example Sentences:
'absolute freedom'
'an absolute dimwit'
'a downright lie'
'out-and-out mayhem'
'an out-and-out lie'
'a rank outsider'
'many right-down vices'
'got the job through sheer persistence'
'sheer stupidity'

13. rank

growing profusely

Example Sentences:
'rank jungle vegetation'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of rank
a position, esp an official one, within a social organization, esp the armed forces
the rank of captain
high social or other standing; status
a line or row of people or things
the position of an item in any ordering or sequence
5. British
a place where taxis wait to be hired
a line of soldiers drawn up abreast of each other
Compare file1 (sense 5)
any of the eight horizontal rows of squares on a chessboard
(in systemic grammar) one of the units of description of which a grammar is composed. Ranks of English grammar are sentence, clause, group, word, and morpheme
9. music
a set of organ pipes controlled by the same stop
10. mathematics
(of a matrix) the largest number of linearly independent rows or columns; the number of rows (or columns) of the nonzero determinant of greatest order that can be extracted from the matrix
11.  break ranks
12.  close ranks
13.  pull rank
14. (transitive)
to arrange (people or things) in rows or lines; range
to accord or be accorded a specific position in an organization, society, or group
16. (transitive)
to array (a set of objects) as a sequence, esp in terms of the natural arithmetic ordering of some measure of the elements
to rank students by their test scores
17. (intransitive)
to be important; rate
money ranks low in her order of priorities
18. mainly US
to take precedence or surpass in rank
the colonel ranks at this camp
showing vigorous and profuse growth
rank weeds
highly offensive or disagreeable, esp in smell or taste
3. (prenominal)
complete or absolute; utter
a rank outsider
coarse or vulgar; gross
his language was rank
1. (ræŋk )
J(oseph) Arthur, 1st Baron. 1888–1972, British industrialist and film executive, whose companies dominated the British film industry in the 1940s and 1950s
2. (German raŋk)
Otto (ˈɔto). 1884–1939, Austrian psychoanalyst, noted for his theory that the trauma of birth may be reflected in certain forms of mental illness

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see synonyms of rank
a row, line, or series
an orderly arrangement
a social division or class; stratum of society
people from all ranks of life
a high position in society; high degree; eminence
a person of rank
an official grade or position
the rank of captain
a relative position, usually in a scale classifying persons or things; grade; degree
a poet of the first rank
any of the rows of squares on a chessboard extending from side to side, perpendicular to the files
8.  Military
a row of soldiers, vehicles, etc. placed side by side, or abreast of one another
see also file1 (sense 11)
b.  [pl.]
the body of soldiers of an army, as distinguished from the officers [to rise from the ranks]
, often used metaphorically to refer to the ordinary members of any group, as opposed to its leaders
9.  Music
stop (sense 18) stop (sense 18a)
verb transitive
to place in a rank or ranks
to assign a certain rank, or position, to
12.  US
to have a higher rank than; outrank
verb intransitive
to hold a certain rank, or position
to rank third on a list
14.  Archaic
to form a rank or move in ranks
growing vigorously and coarsely; overly luxuriant
rank grass
producing or covered with a luxuriant crop; extremely fertile
strong and offensive in smell or taste; rancid
in bad taste; coarse
complete; utter
rank deceit
6.  Obsolete
in sexual heat

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of rank
a. A relative position in a society.
b. An official position or grade: the rank of sergeant.
c. A relative position or degree of value in a graded group.
d. High or eminent station or position: persons of rank.
2. A row, line, series, or range.
a. A line of soldiers, vehicles, or equipment standing side by side in close order.
b. ranks The armed forces.
c. ranks Personnel, especially enlisted military personnel.
4. ranks A body of people classed together; numbers: joined the ranks of the unemployed.
5. Games Any of the rows of squares running crosswise to the files on a playing board in chess or checkers.
v. ranked, rank·ing, ranks
1. To place in a row or rows.
2. To give a particular order or position to; classify.
3. To outrank or take precedence over.
1. To hold a particular rank: ranked first in the class.
2. To form or stand in a row or rows.
3. Slang
a. To complain.
b. To engage in carping criticism. Often used with on: Stop ranking on me all the time.
adj. rank·er, rank·est
1. Growing profusely or with excessive vigor: rank vegetation.
2. Yielding a profuse, often excessive crop; highly fertile: rank earth.
3. Strong and offensive in odor or flavor: rank gym clothes.
4. Absolute; complete: a rank amateur; rank treachery. See Synonyms at flagrant.

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