- Rank is someone's status or position, especially in society or in the military.
- A general is an example of a very high military rank.
- A person's class status is an example of his rank in society.
- To rank is to put things in some type of order, based on a set criteria.
When sports players are put in order based on how many home runs they hit, this is an example of a time when sports players are ranked.
A military officer of high rank.
rank definition by Webster's New World
- 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
- a row of soldiers, vehicles, etc. placed side by side, or abreast of one another
- 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
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Origin: Middle French renc ; from Old French ranc, renc: see range
- to place in a rank or ranks
- to assign a certain rank, or position, to
- ☆ to have a higher rank than; outrank
- to hold a certain rank, or position: to rank third on a list
- 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
- Obsolete in sexual heat
Origin: Middle English ranke ; from Old English ranc, strong, proud, akin to Middle Low German rank, slender, erect, long and thin ; from Indo-European base an unverified form reĝ-, put in order, stretch out from source right
rank definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
- 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.
- ranks A body of people classed together; numbers: joined the ranks of the unemployed.
- Games Any of the rows of squares running crosswise to the files on a playing board in chess or checkers.
- To place in a row or rows.
- To give a particular order or position to; classify.
- To outrank or take precedence over.
- To hold a particular rank: ranked first in the class.
- To form or stand in a row or rows.
- Slang a. To complain.b. To engage in carping criticism. Often used with on: Stop ranking on me all the time.
Origin: Middle English, line, row, from Old French ranc, renc, of Germanic origin; see sker-2 in Indo-European roots.
adjective rank·er, rank·est
- Growing profusely or with excessive vigor: rank vegetation in the jungle.
- Yielding a profuse, often excessive crop; highly fertile: rank earth.
- Strong and offensive in odor or flavor.
- Conspicuously offensive: rank treachery. See Synonyms at flagrant.
- Absolute; complete: a rank amateur; a rank stranger.
Origin: Middle English ranc, from Old English, strong, overbearing; see reg- in Indo-European roots.
- rankˈly adverb
- rankˈness noun
rank - Phrases/Idioms
pull (one's) rank onâ