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English definition of “rank”

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)
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