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rank

noun uk   /ræŋk/ us  

rank noun (POSITION)

C1 [C or U] a position in an organization, such as the army, showing the importance of the person having it: senior/high/junior/low rank He has just been promoted to the rank of captain. Ministers of cabinet rank receive a higher salary than other ministers. Having a large income is one of the advantages of rank (= high position). [C or U] a particular position, higher or lower than others: He's in the front/first rank of (= one of the best) international tennis players. Consumer preferences were placed in rank order from 1 to 5. ranks [plural] the members of a group or organization: Party ranks have swelled by nearly 300,000. Marty has joined the ranks of the (= become) unemployed. The party leadership seems to be losing support in the ranks. rise from/through the ranks to be moved up from a low level position in an organization to a higher one: He rose through the ranks to become a general. He joined the company in 2008 and has been rising through the ranks ever since.

rank noun (ROW)

[C] a row, especially of people or things standing side by side: The front rank of the riot squad raised their shields.literary We could see nothing for miles but serried ranks (= many close rows) of fir trees. [C] a place where taxis wait for passengers: There were no taxis at the taxi/cab rank.

rank

adjective uk   /ræŋk/ us  

rank adjective (EXTREME)

[before noun] (especially of something bad) complete or extreme: It was rank stupidity to drive so fast on an icy road. The horse that won the race was a rank outsider.

rank adjective (GROWN)

describes plants that grow too fast or too thickly, or an area covered by these: The abandoned garden was rank with weeds.

rank adjective (SMELL)

smelling strong and unpleasant: His clothes were rank with sweat.

rank

verb [I or T, usually + adv/prep] uk   /ræŋk/ us  
C1 to have a position higher or lower than others, or to be considered to have such a position: A captain ranks (= has a position) above a lieutenant. My entry was ranked third in the flower show. She ranked the bottles in order of size along the shelf. In my opinion, he ranks among the theatre's greatest actors. 2012 must rank as (= be) the most difficult year for Europe since the 30s.
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