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Meaning & Definition of Rank in English

English

Rank

/ræŋk/

noun

1. A row or line of people (especially soldiers or police) standing abreast of one another

  • "The entrance was guarded by ranks of policemen"
    synonym:
  • rank

2. Relative status

  • "His salary was determined by his rank and seniority"
    synonym:
  • rank

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"
    synonym:
  • rank and file
  • ,
  • rank

4. Position in a social hierarchy

  • "The british are more aware of social status than americans are"
    synonym:
  • social station
  • ,
  • social status
  • ,
  • social rank
  • ,
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • membership
  • ,
  • rank

verb

1. Take or have a position relative to others

  • "This painting ranks among the best in the western world"
    synonym:
  • rank

2. Assign a rank or rating to

  • "How would you rank these students?"
  • "The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide"
    synonym:
  • rate
  • ,
  • rank
  • ,
  • range
  • ,
  • order
  • ,
  • grade
  • ,
  • place

3. Take precedence or surpass others in rank

    synonym:
  • rank
  • ,
  • outrank

adjective

1. Very fertile

  • Producing profuse growth
  • "Rank earth"
    synonym:
  • rank

2. Very offensive in smell or taste

  • "A rank cigar"
    synonym:
  • rank

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"
    synonym:
  • crying(a)
  • ,
  • egregious
  • ,
  • flagrant
  • ,
  • glaring
  • ,
  • gross
  • ,
  • rank

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"
    synonym:
  • absolute
  • ,
  • downright
  • ,
  • out-and-out(a)
  • ,
  • rank(a)
  • ,
  • right-down
  • ,
  • sheer(a)

5. Growing profusely

  • "Rank jungle vegetation"
    synonym:
  • rank