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

Recent Examples on the Web

About 20 ranking officers at Harford County volunteer fire stations lost those ranks after failing to submit new required certifications July 1. Gal Tziperman Lotan, The Aegis, "About 20 Harford firefighters lose rank by failing to meet deadline for certifications," 11 July 2018 For women of the Senate like Feinstein, now the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, the consideration of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is a moment where the personal and political intersect, often in deeply meaningful ways. Francine Kiefer, The Christian Science Monitor, "For women senators, court nomination touches a very personal issue," 11 July 2018 And Steny Hoyer, the most of senior- ranking Democrat in Congress says this. Fox News, "Judge Jeanine: Political debate has become political abuse," 24 June 2018 Among AFC North teams, only the Cleveland Browns have a lower overall ranking (28th) than the Bengals. Dave Clark, Cincinnati.com, "NFL Fan and Brand Report 2018 ranks Bengals 26th," 26 June 2018 As a result, more than 500 inmate disciplinary cases were tossed out and a number of ranking officers demoted. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Warden demoted as Texas prisons announce plan to review policy, ban disciplinary quotas," 18 June 2018 The goal of the conspiracy was to obtain money from the bank in part so that the president and another high ranking officer could continue using Phoenix on projects that involved a company in which the bank officers had an interest. Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com, "Contractor charged in $22 million conspiracy linked to First NBC bank president," 15 May 2018 In 2015, when Ed Week changed its ranking system, Maryland placed third. Michael Dresser, baltimoresun.com, "To err is political: fact-checking the debates of Democratic candidates for Maryland governor," 6 June 2018 U of L picks Acting Provost Neville Pinto as provost, the second-highest ranking officer at U of L, sparking a chorus of criticism that Ramsey didn't work hard enough to find someone outside the university. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "U of L scandals under James Ramsey: A timeline," 17 June 2016

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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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