rank noun (POSITION)
ranks [ plural ]
rise from/through the ranks
- Colonel is the military rank between lieutenant-colonel and brigadier.
- A hospital registrar is of a lower rank than a consultant.
- He was promoted to the rank of major in recognition of his valour during the battle.
- He achieved ambassadorial rank in 1958.
- After many years at the company he eventually worked his way up to the rank of Chief Executive Officer.
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rankverb [ I or T, usually + adv/prep ]uk /ræŋk/ us /ræŋk/
- A few incredulous spectators watched as Paterson, ranked 23rd in the world, beat the champion.
- He is now ranked one hundredth in world tennis.
- She currently ranks ninth in the world.
- Rank your answers to the survey in order of preference.
- Her victory must rank as one of the greatest upsets in the history of the tournament.