Meaning & Definition of Rank in English
1. A row or line of people (especially soldiers or police) standing abreast of one another
- "The entrance was guarded by ranks of policemen"
2. Relative status
- "His salary was determined by his rank and seniority"
3. The ordinary members of an organization (such as the enlisted soldiers of an army)
- "The strike was supported by the union rank and file"
- "He rose from the ranks to become a colonel"
- rank and file ,
4. Position in a social hierarchy
- "The british are more aware of social status than americans are"
- social station ,
- social status ,
- social rank ,
5. The body of members of an organization or group
- "They polled their membership"
- "They found dissension in their own ranks"
- "He joined the ranks of the unemployed"
- membership ,
1. Take or have a position relative to others
- "This painting ranks among the best in the western world"
2. Assign a rank or rating to
- "How would you rank these students?"
- "The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide"
- rate ,
- rank ,
- range ,
- order ,
- grade ,
3. Take precedence or surpass others in rank
- rank ,
1. Very fertile
- Producing profuse growth
- "Rank earth"
2. Very offensive in smell or taste
- "A rank cigar"
3. Conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible
- "A crying shame"
- "An egregious lie"
- "Flagrant violation of human rights"
- "A glaring error"
- "Gross ineptitude"
- "Gross injustice"
- "Rank treachery"
- crying(a) ,
- egregious ,
- flagrant ,
- glaring ,
- gross ,
4. Complete and without restriction or qualification
- Sometimes used informally as intensifiers
- "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"
- absolute ,
- downright ,
- out-and-out(a) ,
- rank(a) ,
- right-down ,
5. Growing profusely
- "Rank jungle vegetation"
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