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  1. rank
    IPA[raNGk]
  2. noun

    • 1. a position in the hierarchy of the armed forces:

      an army officer of fairly high rank he was promoted to the rank of Captain
    • 2. a position within the hierarchy of an organization or society:

      only two cabinet members had held ministerial rank before
      Synonym : position, grade, level, echelon, gradation, point on the scale, rung on the ladder, class, stratum, status, station, standing
    • 3. high social position:

      persons of rank and breeding
    • 4. a number specifying position in a numerically ordered series.

    • 5. a single line of soldiers or police officers drawn up abreast:

      they were drawn up outside their barracks in long ranks
    • 6. a regular row or line of things or people:

      conifer plantations growing in serried ranks
    • 7. each of the eight rows of eight squares running from side to side across a chessboard.

    • 8. the people belonging to or constituting a group or class:

      the ranks of the unemployed
    • 9. common soldiers as opposed to officers:

      he was fined and reduced to the ranks
    • 10. the value or the order of the largest nonzero determinant of a given matrix.

    • 11. an analogous quantity in other kinds of groups.

    verb

    • 1. give (someone or something) a rank or place within a grading system:

      she is ranked number four in the world rank them in order of preference
    • 2. have a specified rank or place within a grading system:

      he ranks with Newman as one of the outstanding English theologians
      Synonym : have a rank, be graded, be placed, be positioned, have a status, be classed, be classified, be categorized, belong
    • 3. take precedence over (someone) in respect of rank; outrank:

      the Secretary of State ranks all the other members of the cabinet
    • 4. arrange in a rank or ranks:

      the tents were ranked in orderly rows
      Synonym : line up, align, draw up, put/set in order, order, place, position, arrange, dispose, set out, array, range
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: rank, plural noun: ranks

    • v.: verb: rank, 3rd person present: ranks, gerund or present participle: ranking, past tense: ranked, past participle: ranked

    • adjective

      (of vegetation) growing too thickly and coarsely:

      (especially of air or water) having a foul or offensive smell:

    • noun

      a position in the hierarchy of the armed forces:

      a position within the hierarchy of an organization or society:

    • verb

      give (someone or something) a rank or place within a grading system:

      have a specified rank or place within a grading system:

    • adjective

      (of vegetation) growing too thickly and coarsely:

      having a foul or offensive smell:

    • noun

      a place where taxis park while waiting for customers:
    • (of soldiers or police officers) remain in line
    • noun

      the rank attained by flag officers.
    • noun

      an assessment of the degree of correlation between two ways of assigning ranks to the members of a set.
    • take unfair advantage of one's seniority or privileged position
    • noun

      a value assigned to a web page as a measure of its popularity or importance, used to determine the order in which search engine results are presented:
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