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rank

noun

  1. (line)  a row or line of people (especially soldiers or police) standing abreast of one another
    Type of: line
  2. (relative status)  relative status
    Type of: status
  3. (military machine)  the ordinary members of an organization (such as the enlisted soldiers of an army)
    Synonyms: rank and file, rank-and-file. Topic: military machine. Type of: force
  4. (social station)  position in a social hierarchy
    Synonyms: social rank, social station, social status. Type of: status
  5. (body)  the body of members of an organization or group
    Synonyms: membership. Type of: body. Member of: organization

verb

  1. (be)  to take or have a position relative to others
    Type of: be
  2. (evaluate)  to assign a rank or rating to
    Synonyms: grade, order, place, range, rate. Type of: evaluate
  3. (excel)  to take precedence or surpass others in rank
    Synonyms: out-rank, outrank. Type of: excel

adjective

  1. (fertile)  very fertile; producing profuse growth
    Similar to: fertile
  2. (offensive)  very offensive in smell or taste
    Similar to: offensive
  3. (conspicuous)  conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible
    Synonyms: crying [attributive], egregious, flagrant, glaring, gross. Similar to: conspicuous
  4. (complete)  complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers
    Synonyms: absolute, downright, out-and-out [attributive], right-down, sheer [attributive]. Similar...
  5. (abundant)  growing profusely
    Similar to: abundant

Etymology summary

[noun] from Old French ranc, from Frankish *hring (compare ... | [adjective] Old...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

rank | Rank | break ranks [sense-specific] | close ranks [sense-specific] | pull rank [sense-specific] | Otto Rank [sense-specific] | [German] raŋk Otto Rank [sense-specific] | 1st Baron J. Arthur Rank [sense-specific] | 1st Baron ræŋk Joseph Arthur Rank [sense-specific] | ...

a position, especially an official one, within a social organization, especially the armed forces | high social or other standing; status | a line or ... (23 of 894 words, 24 definitions, 16 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

Rank [disambiguation]

refers to the relative position, value, worth, complexity, power, importance, authority, level etc. of a person or object, including: Rank (chess), a row of the chessboard | Rank of pipes in a pipe organ | Taxicab stand or taxi rank, a designated area... (41 of 506 words, 48 definitions)

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Random House Dictionary:

rank | ranker [comparative] | rankest [superlative] | Rank | Otto Rank [sense-specific] | Rank, Otto [sense-specific] | ranks [sense-specific] | break ranks [sense-specific] | pull rank (on) [pull rank, sense-specific] | ...

a number of persons forming a separate class in a social hierarchy or in any graded body. | a social or official position or standing, as in the armed ... (28 of 477 words, 35 definitions, 15 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/rank

Oxford Dictionary:

rank [entry 1] | ranks | from | the ranks | break rank | close ranks | keep rank | pull rank | rise through the ranks

a position in the hierarchy of the armed forces | a position within the hierarchy of an organization or society | high social position | [statistics] ... (23 of 439 words, 24 definitions, 17 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/rank

rank [entry 2] | rankly [derived] | rankness [derived]

[vegetation] growing too thickly and coarsely | having a foul or offensive smell | [informal] : very unpleasant | [attributive] : (especially of ... (20 of 110 words, 4 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/rank--2

Merriam-Webster:

rank [entry 1, adjective] | foul [synonym, sense-specific] | putrid [synonym, sense-specific] | fraught [synonym, sense-specific] | outright [synonym, sense-specific] | ruttish [synonym, sense-specific] | especially [synonym, sense-specific] | lustful [synonym, sense-specific] | festering [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

luxuriantly or excessively vigorous in growth | offensively gross or coarse; "foul" | [obsolete] grown too large | shockingly conspicuous ; "outright" ... (19 of 185 words, 8 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/rank

rank [entry 2, noun] | ranks [plural] | formation [synonym, sense-specific] | row [synonym, sense-specific] | stand [synonym, sense-specific] | distinction [synonym, sense-specific] | series [synonym, sense-specific] | degree [synonym, sense-specific] | echelon [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

"row", "series" ; a row of people ; a line of soldiers ranged side by side ... | relative standing or position ; a degree or position of dignity, ... (28 of 344 words, 7 definitions, 2 usage examples)

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rank [entry 3, verb] | rate [synonym, sense-specific] | be [synonym, sense-specific] | grade [synonym, sense-specific] | place [synonym, sense-specific] | stand [synonym, sense-specific] | seed [similar, sense-specific] | count [similar, sense-specific] | categorize [similar, sense-specific] | ...

to arrange in lines or in a regular formation | to determine the relative position of; "rate" | to take precedence of | to form or move in ranks | to ... (27 of 157 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples)

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Wiktionary:

rank | ranks [plural] | ranked [past tense] | ranking [present participle] | rankest [superlative] | pong [British, synonym, sense-specific] | complete [synonym, sense-specific] | utter [synonym, sense-specific] | Strong [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

[obsolete] Strong; powerful; capable of acting or being used with great effect; energetic; vigorous; headstrong. | Strong of its kind or in character; unmitigated; virulent; thorough; utter. | Strong in growth; growing with vigour or rapidity, hence, ... (35 of 306 words, 20 definitions, 15 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/rank

American Heritage Dictionary:

rank | ranked [past tense] | ranking [present participle] | ranks [3rd-person singular present] | ranker [comparative] | rankest [superlative] | rankly [adverb, related] | rankness [noun, related]

A relative position in a society. | An official position or grade | A relative position or degree of value in a graded group. | High or eminent ... (25 of 256 words, 22 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

rank | rankly [adverb, related] | rankness [noun, related]

a row, line, or series | an orderly arrangement | a social division or class; stratum of society | a high position in society; high degree; eminence | ... (24 of 256 words, 20 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

rank | ranks [plural] | the ranks | rise through the ranks

[countable/uncountable] someone's official position in the armed forces, ... | [countable] a line of people, especially soldiers ; a number of things ... (21 of 251 words, 4 definitions, 12 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/rank

rank [verb] | ranked [past tense] | ranking [present participle] | ranks [3rd-person singular present]

[intransitive] to be good, bad, important, unimportant etc compared with other similar people or things | [transitive] to put someone or something ... (21 of 112 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/rank 27

rank [adjective] | ranker [comparative] | rankest [superlative] | rank outsider

complete: used for emphasizing how bad or obvious something is | with a strong unpleasant smell or taste | [literary] growing and spreading too much | ... (23 of 62 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/rank 38

Cambridge Dictionary:

rank [entry 1] | ranks | rise from/through the ranks | rise from the ranks | rise through the ranks

a position in an organization, such as the army, showing the importance of the person having it | a particular position, higher or lower than others | ... (25 of 169 words, 4 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/rank 1

rank [entry 2]

a row, especially of people or things standing side by side | a place where taxis wait for passengers (18 of 60 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/rank 2

rank [entry 3, usually before noun]

(especially of something bad) complete or extreme (7 of 36 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/rank 3

rank [entry 4]

describes plants that grow too fast or too thickly, or an area covered by these (15 of 28 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/rank 4

rank [entry 5]

smelling strong and unpleasant (4 of 16 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/rank 5

rank [entry 6]

to have a position higher or lower than others, or to be considered to have such a position (18 of 83 words, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/rank 6

Encarta Dictionary:

rank [entry 1] | ranks [plural] | ranked [past tense] | ranking [present participle]

an official title or category that shows the holder's relative importance or seniority within an organization, especially a military force | the ... (21 of 486 words, 14 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861698206​/definition​.html  [offline]

rank [entry 2] | ranker [comparative] | rankest [superlative]

of the most extreme and obvious kind | foul-smelling or foul-tasting | describes vegetation that is growing too vigorously | Same as impudent (used in ... (22 of 87 words, 4 definitions)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861727155​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

rank

First use: early 14th century

Origin: [noun] from Old French ranc, from Frankish *hring (compare ... | [adjective] Old English ranc "proud, overbearing, showy", from ... (21 of 166 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=rank

Wiktionary:

rank | ranks [plural] | ranked [past tense] | ranking [present participle]

Origin: Middle English rank ("strong, proud"), from Old English ranc ("proud, haughty, arrogant, insolent,... | Middle English rank ("line, row"), from Old French reng, rang, ranc ("line, row, rank") (Modern... (28 of 95 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/rank

New World Dictionary:

rank

Origin: Middle French renc from Old French ranc, renc: see "range" | Middle English ranke from Old English ranc, strong, ... (18 of 41 etymology words)

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Collins Dictionary:

rank | Rank

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Old French ranc row, rank, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German hring circle | Old English ranc straight, noble; ... (22 of 35 etymology words)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/rank

American Heritage Dictionary:

rank | ranked [past tense] | ranking [present participle] | ranks [3rd-person singular present] | ranker [comparative] | rankest [superlative]

Origin: Middle English, line, row, from Old French ranc, ... | Middle English ranc, from Old English, strong, overbearing; see reg- in Indo-European roots. (22 of 32 etymology words)

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Merriam-Webster:

rank [entry 1, adjective]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Middle English, from Old English ranc overbearing, strong; akin to Old Norse rakkr erect and perhaps to Old English riht right

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/rank

rank [entry 2, noun]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French renc, reng, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German hring ring

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/rank show=1

Oxford Dictionary:

rank [entry 1] | ranks | from | the ranks

Origin: Middle English (in the sense "row of things"): from Old French ranc, of Germanic origin; related to "ring1"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/rank

rank [entry 2]

Origin: Old English ranc "proud, rebellious, sturdy", also "fully grown", of Germanic origin. An early sense "luxuriant" gave rise to "too luxuriant", ... (21 of 28 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/rank--2

Encarta Dictionary:

rank [entry 1] | ranks [plural] | ranked [past tense] | ranking [present participle]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Old French ranc "row" from Germanic

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861698206​/definition​.html  [offline]

rank [entry 2] | ranker [comparative] | rankest [superlative]

Origin: Old English ranc "haughty, full-grown", of uncertain origin: perhaps ultimately from an Indo-European word meaning "to move straight ahead" ... (19 of 27 etymology words)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861727155​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

rank | ranks [plural] | ranked [past tense] | ranking [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "rank"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/rank

Collins Dictionary:

rank | Rank

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "rank"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/rank

Macmillan American Dictionary:

rank | ranks [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "rank"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/rank

rank [verb] | ranked [past tense] | ranking [present participle] | ranks [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "rank"

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rank [adjective] | ranker [comparative] | rankest [superlative]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "rank"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

rank | ranks [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "rank"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/rank

rank [verb] | ranked [past tense] | ranking [present participle] | ranks [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "rank"

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rank [adjective] | ranker [comparative] | rankest [superlative]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "rank"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

rank [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "rank"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "rank"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/rank 1

the Free Dictionary:

rank

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "rank"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "rank"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "rank" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

rank | ranks [plural] | ranked [past tense] | ranking [present participle] | ranker [comparative] | rankest [superlative]

Audio: English pronunciation of "rank"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

rank

Audio: North American pronunciation of "rank"

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YourDictionary Audio:

rank

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "rank" by speech synthesizer

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