Rank - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ræŋk|  American pronunciation of the word rank
Brit.  |ræŋk|  British pronunciation of the word rank


- a row or line of people (especially soldiers or police) standing abreast of one another
- relative status
- the ordinary members of an organization (such as the enlisted soldiers of an army)
- position in a social hierarchy
- the body of members of an organization or group(syn: membership)


- take or have a position relative to others
- assign a rank or rating to(syn: grade, order, place, range, rate)
- take precedence or surpass others in rank (syn: outrank)


- very fertile; producing profuse growth
- very offensive in smell or taste
- conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible(syn: crying, egregious, flagrant, glaring, gross)
- complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers(syn: absolute, downright, out-and-out, right-down, sheer)
- growing profusely


You can't expect a rank beginner like her to know all the rules of the game.

...covered with trumpet vines so rank you couldn't see the trellis beneath them...

people of high rank and profession

She's not concerned about rank or wealth.

officers with the rank of captain

He rose to the rank of partner in the law firm.

He longed to join the upper social ranks.

military ranks such as private, corporal, and sergeant

He moved up through the ranks to become vice president of the company.

The organization's ranks have doubled in the past two years.

The flu swept through the ranks, infecting almost every soldier.

Several men were selected from the ranks.

A magazine recently ranked the school as one of the best in the country.

The city currently ranks as the world's largest.

Students who rank in the top third of their class have a better chance of being accepted to the college of their choice.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: rank
he/she/it: ranks
present participle: ranking
past tense: ranked
past participle: ranked
singular: rank
plural: ranks
comparative: ranker
superlative: rankest
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