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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Duke Professor Emerita Karla Holloway suspects that this time will be different with a Judiciary Committee whose female members include the ranking Democrat, Dianne Feinstein of California, as well as Sens. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "In the Age of #MeToo, Will Christine Blasey Ford’s Experience Be the Same as Anita Hill’s?," 17 Sep. 2018 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly ordered a high ranking army officer to be executed after he was accused of giving extra food and fuel rations to troops and their families. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Kim Jong Un ordered army officer executed after giving soldiers extra food: report," 28 June 2018 Republicans in Congress and the administration say privately that the confirmation of the second ranking official at the EPA, Andrew Wheeler, earlier this month has relieved some pressure to defend Pruitt. NBC News, "Support for Pruitt wanes as he takes the hot seat on Capitol Hill," 26 Apr. 2018 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

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First Known Use of ranking

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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obstinately defiant of authority

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