Rank is someone's status or position, especially in society or in the military.(noun)
To rank is to put things in some type of order, based on a set criteria.(verb)
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.
See rank in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: MFr renc < OFr ranc, renc: see range
Origin: ME ranke < OE ranc, strong, proud, akin to MLowG rank, slender, erect, long and thin < IE base *reĝ-, put in order, stretch out > right
See rank in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English, line, row
Origin: , from Old French ranc, renc
Origin: , of Germanic origin; see sker-2 in Indo-European roots.
adjective rank·er, rank·est
Origin: Middle English ranc
Origin: , from Old English, strong, overbearing; see reg- in Indo-European roots.
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