Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “rank”

See all translations

rank

verb
 
 
/ræŋk/
[I or T] to have or be put into a position on a list of other similar things or people, that compares their importance, level of success, etc.: rank third/thirtieth, etc. The chemical company will rank 17th among U.S. chemical companies based on sales.be ranked third/thirtieth, etc. The Japan fund has gone from strength to strength and is ranked fourth in its sector.rank (sth) among sth The district ranks among the bottom ten in the state for residents' income. She was ranked among the 25 most powerful business women in the world.rank low/high Energy costs rank high in importance in consumer's minds.rank above/below sth England ranked below many other European countries for employment.
[T] to make a list of things in order, comparing their importance, level of success, quality, etc.: We rank a broad range of stocks using both value characteristics and growth characteristics. When facing a number of challenges, it is often useful to rank their importance so appropriate attention can be provided.rank sth according to/by sth Cities were ranked according to how many international conferences they hosted.
(Definition of rank verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of rank?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “rank” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

justice

fairness in the way people are dealt with

Word of the Day

A certain je ne sais quoi: French words and phrases used in English

by Liz Walter,
January 21, 2015
It is an odd irony that the more sophisticated your use of English is, the more likely you are to use French words and phrases. Or, to be more accurate, ones you know to be French – words such as ballet, au pair, abattoir, fiancé, café, and restaurant are so entrenched in

Read More 

flower beard noun

January 19, 2015
a beard adorned with flowers And some of said beard-rockers are even turning it up a notch, painting trend on top of trend with what’s come to be known as ‘the flower beard.’

Read More