ranking

adjective
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

ranking

noun
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 Koon, the ranking officer, is convicted of permitting the civil rights violation to occur. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, "Controversial Police Encounters Fast Facts," 20 Apr. 2021 Stivers is the ranking Republican on the committee’s Housing, Community Development and Insurance subcommittee. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "Rep. Steve Stivers resigning to take Ohio Chamber of Commerce’s top job," 19 Apr. 2021 Nunes, 47, is the ranking Republican on the House Select Committee on Intelligence. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Devin Nunes wields $11 million war chest in bid for GOP leader of top committee," 15 Apr. 2021 Brady served as Ways & Means chair for four years, and has been the ranking Republican since the GOP lost its House majority in the 2018 midterms. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "13-term Rep. Kevin Brady, who led 2017 tax overhaul as Ways & Means chair, retiring from Congress," 14 Apr. 2021 But the decline in suicide deaths also contributed to the ranking fall. Mike Stobbe, Anchorage Daily News, "Amid the coronavirus pandemic, US suicides dropped nearly 6% in 2020," 9 Apr. 2021 But the decline in suicide deaths also contributed to the ranking fall. CBS News, "U.S. suicides dropped last year, defying pandemic expectations," 9 Apr. 2021 But the decline in suicide deaths also contributed to the ranking fall. Mike Stobbe, Star Tribune, "US suicides dropped last year, defying pandemic expectations," 8 Apr. 2021 Mobile experience optimization was named the most important ranking factor in Italy for good reason. Bhavesh Talreja, Forbes, "What It Takes To Become A Mobile-First Company In 2021," 7 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of ranking

Adjective

1847, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1836, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ranking was in 1836

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26 Apr 2021

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“Ranking.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ranking. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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ranking

adjective

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

ranking

noun

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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