- 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.
- 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 of rankMiddle 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
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- 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 of rankMiddle 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
- 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.
verbranked, rank·ing, ranks
- 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 of rankMiddle English, line, row, from Old French ranc, renc, of Germanic origin; see sker-2 in Indo-European roots.
- 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: rank gym clothes.
- Absolute; complete: a rank amateur; rank treachery. See Synonyms at flagrant.
Origin of rankMiddle English ranc, from Old English, strong, overbearing; see reg- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative ranker or more rank, superlative rankest or most rank)
- Strong of its kind or in character; unmitigated; virulent; thorough; utter.
- rank treason; rank nonsense
- Strong in growth; growing with vigour or rapidity, hence, coarse or gross.
- rank grass; rank weeds
- Suffering from overgrowth or hypertrophy; plethoric.
- Causing strong growth; producing luxuriantly; rich and fertile.
- rank land
- Strong to the senses; offensive; noisome.
- Having a very strong and bad taste or odor.
- Your gym clothes are rank, bro – when d’you last wash ’em?
- Complete, used as an intensifier (usually negative, referring to incompetence).
- I am a rank amateur as a wordsmith.
- (informal) Gross, disgusting.
(comparative more rank, superlative most rank)
- That rides so rank and bends his lance so fell.
From Middle English rank (“strong, proud”), from Old English ranc (“proud, haughty, arrogant, insolent, forward, overbearing, showy, ostentatious, splendid, bold, valiant, noble, brave, strong, full-grown, mature”), from Proto-Germanic *rankaz (“straight”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃reǵ- (“straight, direct”). Cognate with Dutch rank (“slender, slim”), Low German rank (“slender, projecting, lank”), Danish rank (“straight, erect, slender”), Swedish rank (“slender, shaky, wonky”), Icelandic rakkr (“straight, slender, bold, valiant”).
- A row of people or things organized in a grid pattern, often soldiers [the corresponding term for the perpendicular columns in such a pattern is "file"].
- The front rank kneeled to reload while the second rank fired over their heads.
- (music) In a pipe organ, a set of pipes of a certain quality for which each pipe corresponds to one key or pedal.
- One's position in a list sorted by a shared property such as physical location, population, or quality
- Based on your test scores, you have a rank of 23.
- The fancy hotel was of the first rank.
- The level of one's position in a class-based society
- a level in an organization such as the military
- Private First Class (PFC) is the lowest rank in the Marines.
- He rose up through the ranks of the company from mailroom clerk to CEO.
- (taxonomy) a level in a scientific taxonomy system
- Phylum is the taxonomic rank below kingdom and above class.
- (linear algebra) Maximal number of linearly independent columns (rows) of a matrix.
- The dimensionality of an array (computing) or tensor (mathematics).
(third-person singular simple present ranks, present participle ranking, simple past and past participle ranked)
Middle English rank (“line, row”), from Old French reng, rang, ranc (“line, row, rank”) (Modern French rang), from Frankish hring (“ring”), from Proto-Germanic *hringaz (“something bent or curved”), which is of uncertain origin.