rank

noun
\ ˈraŋk How to pronounce rank (audio) \

Definition of rank

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : relative standing or position
b : a degree or position of dignity, eminence, or excellence : distinction soon took rank as a leading attorney— J. D. Hicks
c : high social position the privileges of rank
d : a grade of official standing in a hierarchy
2 : an aggregate of individuals classed together usually used in plural
3a : row, series
b : a row of people
c(1) : a line of soldiers ranged side by side in close order
(2) ranks plural : armed forces
(3) ranks plural : the body of enlisted personnel
d : any of the rows of squares that extend across a chessboard perpendicular to the files
e British : stand sense 6
4 : an orderly arrangement : formation
5 : the order according to some statistical characteristic (such as the score on a test)
6 : any of a series of classes of coal based on increasing alteration of the parent vegetable matter, increasing carbon content, and increasing fuel value
7 : the number of linearly independent rows or columns in a matrix

rank

verb
ranked; ranking; ranks

Definition of rank (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to determine the relative position of : rate a highly ranked prospect
2 : to arrange in lines or in a regular formation
3 : to take precedence of

intransitive verb

1 : to take or have a position in relation to others ranks first in her class
2 : to form or move in ranks

rank

adjective

Definition of rank (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : offensive in odor or flavor especially : rancid
2a : shockingly conspicuous must lecture him on his rank disloyalty— David Walden
b : outright used as an intensive rank beginners
3 : luxuriantly or excessively vigorous in growth
4 : offensively gross or coarse : foul
6 : high in amount or degree : fraught
7 archaic : lustful, ruttish
8 obsolete : grown too large

Other Words from rank

Adjective

rankly adverb
rankness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for rank

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Adjective

malodorous, stinking, fetid, noisome, putrid, rank, fusty, musty mean bad-smelling. malodorous may range from the unpleasant to the strongly offensive. malodorous fertilizers stinking and fetid suggest the foul or disgusting. prisoners were held in stinking cells the fetid odor of skunk cabbage noisome adds a suggestion of being harmful or unwholesome as well as offensive. a stagnant, noisome sewer putrid implies particularly the sickening odor of decaying organic matter. the putrid smell of rotting fish rank suggests a strong unpleasant smell. rank cigar smoke fusty and musty suggest lack of fresh air and sunlight, fusty also implying prolonged uncleanliness, musty stressing the effects of dampness, mildew, or age. a fusty attic the musty odor of a damp cellar

flagrant, glaring, gross, rank mean conspicuously bad or objectionable. flagrant applies usually to offenses or errors so bad that they can neither escape notice nor be condoned. flagrant abuse of the office of president glaring implies painful or damaging obtrusiveness of something that is conspicuously wrong, faulty, or improper. glaring errors gross implies the exceeding of reasonable or excusable limits. gross carelessness rank applies to what is openly and extremely objectionable and utterly condemned. rank heresy

Examples of rank in a Sentence

Noun people of high rank and profession She's not concerned about rank or wealth. officers with the rank of captain He rose to the rank of partner in the law firm. He longed to join the upper social ranks. military ranks such as private, corporal, and sergeant He moved up through the ranks to become vice president of the company. The organization's ranks have doubled in the past two years. The flu swept through the ranks, infecting almost every soldier. Several men were selected from the ranks. Verb A magazine recently ranked the school as one of the best in the country. The city currently ranks as the world's largest. Students who rank in the top third of their class have a better chance of being accepted to the college of their choice. Adjective You can't expect a rank beginner like her to know all the rules of the game. covered with trumpet vines so rank you couldn't see the trellis beneath them See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Looking across four different measurements of performance — total defense, yards per play, points per game and Football Outsiders’ FEI metric — the Buckeyes’ average rank in 2021 was a pedestrian 45th. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 5 Aug. 2022 Ten of the 13 counties covered by the disaster declaration rank among the poorest 200 U.S. counties in both poverty and income. Dan Horn, The Enquirer, 4 Aug. 2022 Just how low does climate change rank among the concerns of U.S. voters? Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 3 Aug. 2022 Ramos held every rank in the Philippine army from second lieutenant to commander-in-chief. Reuters, CNN, 31 July 2022 The meet features four $1 million races, two of them Grade 1, the highest rank. Arkansas Online, 29 July 2022 There are signs that some of those attitudes have also reached the newsroom rank-and-file. Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times, 29 July 2022 The deal was announced just hours after that bill passed, and House Republican leaders instructed their rank-and-file to oppose it as payback. New York Times, 28 July 2022 In the novel, the tension between Mr. Elliott and Captain Wentworth comes down to whether Anne is still persuaded to value her family’s rank over her own character and judgment. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 27 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb James earns more than double that (about $520,000) per game – not to mention all of his endorsements and entrepreneurial moves that prompted Forbes to rank him as the first active NBA player to become a billionaire. Greg Moore, USA TODAY, 14 July 2022 James earns more than double that (about $520,000) per game – not to mention all of his endorsements and entrepreneurial moves that prompted Forbes to rank him as the first active NBA player to become a billionaire. Greg Moore, The Arizona Republic, 13 July 2022 The study measured the number of local jobs, college graduates in tech and labor and real estate costs across 75 markets to rank them. Roland Li, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 July 2022 But fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson was willing to rank it. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 11 June 2022 That means unparalleled access to an extraterrestrial ocean, which is why some planetary scientists and astrobiologists rank it as the most exciting object in the Solar System. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 10 June 2022 The document trove also shows firsthand how drug companies targeted doctors and used information purchased from data brokers to rank them and gain insight on how many of their drugs each doctor prescribed each week. Charles Ornstein, ProPublica, 17 May 2022 By the data, the experts would have seemed wrong to rank him so high. New York Times, 28 Apr. 2022 Teams with records that rank them 13-18 have less than a 1% chance of getting the No. 1 pick, while the three worst records have an equal shot at 16.5%. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Escape itself, though, is a mid-rank player overall. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, 5 May 2022 The report also did not re-rank water parks, but topping the attendance in the U.S. for 2020 was Universal’s Volcano Bay and Aquatica, part of SeaWorld Orlando. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, 28 Oct. 2021 In none has the national government deliberately stepped away from managing the crisis or substituted rank partisanship for the sober assessment of scientific knowledge. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2021 In none has the national government deliberately stepped away from managing the crisis or substituted rank partisanship for the sober assessment of scientific knowledge. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2021 In none has the national government deliberately stepped away from managing the crisis or substituted rank partisanship for the sober assessment of scientific knowledge. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2021 In none has the national government deliberately stepped away from managing the crisis or substituted rank partisanship for the sober assessment of scientific knowledge. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2021 In none has the national government deliberately stepped away from managing the crisis or substituted rank partisanship for the sober assessment of scientific knowledge. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2021 In none has the national government deliberately stepped away from managing the crisis or substituted rank partisanship for the sober assessment of scientific knowledge. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of rank

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

Verb

1573, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for rank

Noun

Middle English, "row, series, high social position," borrowed from Anglo-Frenchrenc, ranc "line of soldiers, jousting lists, line or rank of persons or things" (continental Old & Middle French also "position in a series or class, high social position"), going back to Old Low Franconian *hringa- "circle, ring," going back to Germanic *hrenga — more at ring entry 1

Verb

derivative of rank entry 1

Adjective

Middle English, from Old English ranc overbearing, strong; akin to Old Norse rakkr erect and perhaps to Old English riht right — more at right

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rank

noun
\ ˈraŋk How to pronounce rank (audio) \

Kids Definition of rank

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : row entry 2 sense 1, series ranks of houses
2 : a line of soldiers standing side by side
3 ranks plural : the body of enlisted persons in an army
4 : position within a group Who is highest in rank in this office?
5 : high social position
6 : official grade or position the rank of major

rank

adjective

Kids Definition of rank (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : strong and active in growth rank weeds
2 : outright entry 2 sense 1 rank dishonesty
3 : having an unpleasant smell The room was rank with smoke.

rank

verb
ranked; ranking

Kids Definition of rank (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : to take or have a certain position in a group He ranks near the top of the class.
2 : to arrange in a classification
3 : to arrange in lines or in a formation

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