rank·​ing | \ ˈraŋ-kiŋ \

Definition of ranking

: 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

Examples of ranking in a Sentence

Who is the ranking officer here? the country's ranking law school

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As the majority whip, Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana is the third-highest ranking Republican in the House and expected to be McCarthy’s top challenger from the leadership ranks. NBC News, "The race is on to replace Paul Ryan as GOP House leader," 11 Apr. 2018 McMorris Rodgers ranks fourth in House leadership and is the highest ranking GOP woman in the chamber. Nicholas K. Geranios, The Seattle Times, "VP Pence reiterates support for Kavanaugh, touts Trump policies in Spokane rally for McMorris Rodgers," 8 Oct. 2018 Meantime, the House Intelligence Committee's ranking Democrat, Adam Schiff, called the president's move, quote, an abuse of power, not about transparency -- Sean. Fox News, "Graham: Democrats are trying to destroy Kavanaugh's life," 17 Sep. 2018 Five attorneys are vying to replace the deputy chief state’s attorney for operations — one of the highest ranking prosecutors in the state. Nicholas Rondinone, courant.com, "Five Vie For Deputy Chief State's Attorney Job," 12 July 2018 The lowest ranking states are South Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas and Wyoming. Washington Post, "Cyndi Lauper unveils report on LGBTQ youth homelessness," 28 June 2018 The overall ranking improvement took place as Cincinnati Children’s broke ground on an ambitious $600 million expansion into the Avondale neighborhood for a new clinical care building. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Children's Hospital is No. 2 overall, tops for cancer, says U.S. News & World Report," 26 June 2018 The official on the ranking committee was former Public Works supervisor Gregory Harris, who pleaded guilty to an unrelated extortion charge in 2016 and received probation. Jay Weaver, miamiherald, "Opa-locka fixer Dante Starks pleads guilty, may implicate top politicians," 25 June 2018 The commission would have 16 members with eight appointed by the chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court and the other eight selected by the highest ranking justice of the opposite party, according to Morrison. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, "Morrison talks tax deductions, redistricting at town hall," 7 May 2018

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1847, in the meaning defined above

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: having a high position or the highest position in a group or organization

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