› [C or U] a position in an organization such as the government, army, etc. that shows the importance of someone's job compared to other positions: high/low/middle rank The committee usually consists of people of a higher rank than the person being interviewed. a management/executive rank the top/highest rank Despite his lack of Cabinet rank, U.N. diplomats said that the US representative would be listened to carefully. › [S] a particular position in a list that shows how important, good, profitable, etc. something is compared to other things of the same type: the first/top/highest rank of sth A big merger would put the firm into the first rank of global companies.fall/slip in rank The fund has slipped in rank to eighth position in the Nasdaq. the bottom/lowest rank ranks [plural] › the members of a group or organization: Party ranks have grown by nearly 100,000.the ranks of sth The deal will help them join the ranks of the established leaders in the mobile phone market. › the ordinary employees in a company, rather than the managers: Solidarity in the ranks has produced an agreement that protects jobs for our communities.
rise from/through the ranks › to keep moving up from a low position in an organization to higher ones: He joined the company in 2000 and has been rising through the ranks ever since.