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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 ofcaptain. Ministers of ​cabinet rank ​receive a ​highersalary than other ​ministers. Having a ​largeincome is one of the ​advantages of rank (= high ​position). [C or U] a ​particularposition, ​higher or ​lower than ​others: He's in the ​front/first rank of (= one of the ​best)internationaltennisplayers. 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 ​partyleadershipseems to be ​losingsupport in the ranks.rise from/through the ranks to be ​moved up from a ​lowlevelposition 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.
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rank noun (ROW)

[C] a ​row, ​especially of ​people or things ​standingside by ​side: The ​front rank of the ​riotsquadraisedtheirshields.literary We could ​see nothing for ​miles but serried ranks (= many ​closerows) of ​firtrees. [C] a ​place where ​taxiswait for ​passengers: There were no ​taxis at the taxi/​cab rank.


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rank adjective (EXTREME)

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

rank adjective (GROWN)

used to ​describeplants that ​grow too ​fast or too ​thickly, or an ​areacovered by these: The ​abandonedgarden was rank withweeds.

rank adjective (SMELL)

smellingstrong and ​unpleasant: His ​clothes were rank withsweat.

rankverb [I or T, usually + adv/prep]

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C1 to have a ​positionhigher 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 ofsize along the ​shelf. In my ​opinion, he ranks among the theatre's ​greatestactors. 2012 must rank as (= be) the most ​difficultyear for ​Europe since the 30s.
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ranknoun [C/U]

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rank noun [C/U] (POSITION)

a ​position in ​relation to ​othershigher or ​lower, ​showing the ​importance or ​authority of the ​person having it: [C] You get more ​privileges if you have a ​higher rank. [U] He ​rosequickly in rank.
plural noun  us   /ˈræŋ·kɪŋz/
She has been near the ​top of the 800-meter rankings for the past 13 ​years.


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rank adjective (SMELLY)

smelling very ​unpleasant: a rank ​odor
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[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 ​bigmerger would put the ​firm into the first rank of ​globalcompanies.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 ​establishedleaders in the ​mobilephonemarket. the ordinary ​employees in a ​company, rather than the ​managers: Solidarity in the ranks has ​produced an ​agreement that ​protectsjobs for our ​communities.
rise from/through the ranks to ​keepmoving up from a ​lowposition in an ​organization to ​higher ones: He ​joined the ​company in 2000 and has been ​rising through the ranks ever since.


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[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 ​chemicalcompany will rank 17th among U.S. ​chemicalcompaniesbased 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 ​internationalconferences they ​hosted.
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(Definition of rank from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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