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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 Driskell has asked that the issue be reviewed by House Rules Chairman Paul Renner, R- Palm Coast, in consultation with the Rules Committee’s ranking minority member, Rep. Joseph Geller, D-Aventura. Christine Sexton, sun-sentinel.com, "Democrats cut out of debate over effort to shield businesses from COVID lawsuits," 18 Feb. 2021 Many House Republicans, including the Rep. Garret Graves (La.), the ranking Republican on the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, have expressed support. Washington Post, "Biden has massive climate plans. Where will he find the money to fund them?," 22 Dec. 2020 Vice President Mike Pence becomes the highest ranking U.S. official to get the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. Marc Bona, cleveland, "World leader tests positive, country singer dies, Giants coach out, vaccinations start - coronavirus timeline Dec. 12-18," 19 Dec. 2020 House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and No. 3 party leader Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., Congress' highest ranking Black member, were reelected to their positions, like Pelosi without opposition. Arkansas Online, "House Dems nominate Pelosi as speaker to lead into Biden era," 18 Nov. 2020 Lake, who is also a member of Bethel Music, scores his first No. 1 on each ranking as a solo act. Jim Asker, Billboard, "Elevation Worship Earns Its First No. 1 on Hot Christian Songs & Christian Airplay Charts," 4 Feb. 2021 Chanticleers coach Jamey Chadwell voted his team seventh, otherwise Orgeron would have recorded the highest ranking for Coastal Carolina too. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Breaking down the Amway Coaches Poll ballots: Dabo Swinney ranks Ohio State at No. 11; Cincinnati had support," 22 Dec. 2020 As the ranking Democrat and soon-to-be chairwoman of the Senate Rules Committee, Klobuchar ended up as the lead Senate Democrat on the congressional planning committee for the inaugural ceremonies at the U.S. Capitol. Patrick Condon, Star Tribune, "For Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a speaking role in Biden's inauguration," 19 Jan. 2021 Jim McCrery represented Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1988 to 2009 and was the ranking Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee from 2007 to 2008. Jim Mccrery, Fortune, "Enforcing fair trade rules could bridge the partisan divide in Congress," 15 Jan. 2021

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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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The first known use of ranking was in 1836

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25 Feb 2021

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“Ranking.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ranking. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ranking

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



English Language Learners Definition of ranking (Entry 2 of 2)

: a list of people or things that are ordered according to their quality, ability, size, etc.
: the position of a person or thing in the rankings

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