What is the meaning of rank?


  • A row or line of people (especially soldiers or police) standing abreast of one another.
    • usage: "the entrance was guarded by ranks of policemen"
  • Relative status.
    • usage: "his salary was determined by his rank and seniority"
  • The ordinary members of an organization (such as the enlisted soldiers of an army. )
    • usage: "the strike was supported by the union rank and file"; "he rose from the ranks to become a colonel"
  • Position in a social hierarchy.
    • usage: "the British are more aware of social status than Americans are"
  • The body of members of an organization or group.
    • usage: "they polled their membership"; "they found dissension in their own ranks"; "he joined the ranks of the unemployed"


  • Take or have a position relative to others.
    • usage: "This painting ranks among the best in the Western World"
  • Assign a rank or rating to.
    • usage: "how would you rank these students"; "The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide"
  • Take precedence or surpass others in rank.


  • Very fertile; producing profuse growth.
    • usage: "rank earth"
  • Very offensive in smell or taste.
    • usage: "a rank cigar"
  • Conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible.
    • usage: "a crying shame"; "an egregious lie"; "flagrant violation of human rights"; "a glaring error"; "gross ineptitude"; "gross injustice"; "rank treachery"
  • Complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers.
    • usage: "absolute freedom"; "an absolute dimwit"; "a downright lie"; "out-and-out mayhem"; "an out-and-out lie"; "a rank outsider"; "many right-down vices"; "got the job through sheer persistence"; "sheer stupidity"
  • Growing profusely.
    • usage: "rank jungle vegetation"
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APAWordNet. (2010). rank. Retrieved April 22, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/rank/definitions/1181895
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