rank·​ing | \ ˈraŋ-kiŋ How to pronounce ranking (audio) \

Definition of ranking

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having a high position: such as
a : of the highest rank the ranking officer
b : being next to the chairman in seniority ranking committee member


plural rankings

Definition of ranking (Entry 2 of 2)

: position, order, or standing within a group : rank The figures, compiled from federal surveys and a tourism research concern, earned New York City a second-place ranking nationwide as a destination for United States travelers, pushing Las Vegas down to the No. 3 spot.— Eric Lipton … if a site is linked to by sites of high quality and popularity, those links can raise the ranking of the first site.— Elizabeth Stone Playing primarily in regional events, she earned a ranking of No. 151, high enough to make the qualifying field at Roland Garros.— L. Jon Wertheim … he had the lowest interception rate and the highest ranking of any NFL quarterback …— Paul Zimmerman

Examples of ranking in a Sentence

Adjective Who is the ranking officer here? the country's ranking law school
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This year’s ranking, just issued with JPMorgan Chase Commercial Banking, puts the spotlight on amazing women who have managed to mount in some cases huge profit percentage increases amidst a pandemic that shows no sign of slowing. Robert Reiss, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 Circle guards are the lowest ranking, followed by triangles, and square guards are the highest. Quinci Legardye, Vulture, 2 Oct. 2021 What drives the players is ranking and competition. Marc Bona, cleveland, 4 Aug. 2021 Portman is the ranking Republican on the Senate committee on Homeland security and government affairs. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 25 Mar. 2022 As the ranking Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Barrasso has been a strong critic of Biden's renewable energy agenda. Gabriel Pietrorazio, ABC News, 20 Mar. 2022 Clary, the ranking officer at the scene of Greene's arrest, withheld a critical 30-minute body camera video of the in-custody death for more than two years, according to state police records obtained by AP. Jim Mustian, ajc, 14 Dec. 2021 However, this change doesn’t mark a return to the pre-ranking era. Paul Monckton, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2022 The data sources for the ranking include: To conduct its analysis of social-media activity, the WSJ programmatically searched Reddit and Twitter. Brian Whitton, WSJ, 24 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of ranking


1847, in the meaning defined above


1836, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

26 Apr 2022

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“Ranking.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ranking. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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