Rank meaning

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Strong and offensive in odor or flavor.

Rank gym clothes.

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A row, line, series, or range.
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To place in a row or rows.
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To give a particular order or position to; classify.
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(games) Any of the rows of squares running crosswise to the files on a playing board in chess or checkers.
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To outrank or take precedence over.
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To hold a particular rank.

Ranked first in the class.

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To form or stand in a row or rows.
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Growing profusely or with excessive vigor.

Rank vegetation in the jungle.

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Yielding a profuse, often excessive crop; highly fertile.

Rank earth.

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Absolute; complete.

A rank amateur; rank treachery.

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A row, line, or series.
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A social division or class; stratum of society.

People from all ranks of life.

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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.

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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.

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A high position in society; high degree; eminence.

A person of rank.

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An official grade or position.

The rank of captain.

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A relative position, usually in a scale classifying persons or things; grade; degree.

A poet of the first rank.

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Any of the rows of squares on a chessboard extending from side to side, perpendicular to the files.
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To place in a rank or ranks.
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To assign a certain rank, or position, to.
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To have a higher rank than; outrank.
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To hold a certain rank, or position.

To rank third on a list.

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(archaic) To form a rank or move in ranks.
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Growing vigorously and coarsely; overly luxuriant.

Rank grass.

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Producing or covered with a luxuriant crop; extremely fertile.
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Strong and offensive in smell or taste; rancid.
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In bad taste; coarse.
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Complete; utter.

Rank deceit.

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(obs.) In sexual heat.
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Strong of its kind or in character; unmitigated; virulent; thorough; utter.

Rank treason; rank nonsense.

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Strong in growth; growing with vigour or rapidity, hence, coarse or gross.

Rank grass; rank weeds.

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Suffering from overgrowth or hypertrophy; plethoric.
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Causing strong growth; producing luxuriantly; rich and fertile.

Rank land.

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Strong to the senses; offensive; noisome.
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Having a very strong and bad taste or odor.

Your gym clothes are rank, bro – when d’you last wash ’em?

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Complete, used as an intensifier (usually negative, referring to incompetence).

I am a rank amateur as a wordsmith.

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(informal) Gross, disgusting.
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Fairfax.

That rides so rank and bends his lance so fell.

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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"].
  • (chess) One of the eight horizontal lines of squares on a chessboard [the corresponding term for a vertical line is "file"].

The front rank kneeled to reload while the second rank fired over their heads.

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(music) In a pipe organ, a set of pipes of a certain quality for which each pipe corresponds to one key or pedal.
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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.

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The level of one's position in a class-based society.
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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.

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(taxonomy) A level in a scientific taxonomy system.

Phylum is the taxonomic rank below kingdom and above class.

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(linear algebra) Maximal number of linearly independent columns (rows) of a matrix.
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The dimensionality of an array (computing) or tensor (mathematics).
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To place abreast, or in a line.
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To have a ranking.

Their defense ranked third in the league.

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To assign a suitable place in a class or order; to classify.
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(US) To take rank of; to outrank.
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A body of people classed together; numbers.

Joined the ranks of the unemployed.

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An orderly arrangement.
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pull rank
  • To use one's superior rank to gain an advantage.
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close ranks
  • to bring troops, etc. into close formation, as for defensive purposes
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pull (one's) rank on
  • to take advantage of one's military rank in enforcing commands or one's high position or seniority in making demands on (a subordinate)
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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
rank
Comparative
rankest
Superlative
rankest

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

pull (one's) rank on

Origin of rank

  • Middle English line, row from Old French ranc, renc of Germanic origin sker-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English ranc from Old English strong, overbearing reg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Akin to Old High German (h)ring, Old Frisian hring, Old English hring, hrincg (“ring”) (Modern English ring), Old Norse hringr (“ring, circle, queue, sword; ship”). More at ring.

    From Wiktionary