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Definitions of rank

  1. complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers; " 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"
  2. take precedence or surpass others in rank
  3. the ordinary members of an organization ( such as the enlisted soldiers of an army); " the strike was supported by the union rank and file"; " he rose from the ranks to become a colonel"
  4. a row or line of people ( especially soldiers or police) standing abreast of one another; " the entrance was guarded by ranks of policemen"
  5. position in a social hierarchy; " the British are more aware of social status than Americans are"
  6. relative status; " his salary was determined by his rank and seniority"
  7. growing profusely; " rank jungle vegetation"
  8. very fertile; producing profuse growth; " rank earth"
  9. very offensive in smell or taste; " a rank cigar"
  10. take or have a position relative to others; " This painting ranks among the best in the Western World"
  11. assign a rank or rating to; " how would you rank these students?"; " The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide"
  12. Luxuriant in growth; of vigorous growth; exuberant; grown to immoderate height; as, rank grass; rank weeds.
  13. Causing vigorous growth; producing luxuriantly; very rich and fertile; as, rank land.
  14. Strong- scented; rancid; musty; as, oil of a rank smell; rank- smelling rue.
  15. Strong to the taste.
  16. Inflamed with venereal appetite.
  17. Rankly; stoutly; violently.
  18. A row or line; a range; an order; a tier; as, a rank of osiers.
  19. Grade of official standing, as in the army, navy, or nobility; as, the rank of general; the rank of admiral.
  20. An aggregate of individuals classed together; a permanent social class; an order; a division; as, ranks and orders of men; the highest and the lowest ranks of men, or of other intelligent beings.
  21. Degree of dignity, eminence, or excellence; position in civil or social life; station; degree; grade; as, a writer of the first rank; a lawyer of high rank.
  22. Elevated grade or standing; high degree; high social position; distinction; eminence; as, a man of rank.
  23. To place abreast, or in a line.
  24. To range in a particular class, order, or division; to class; also, to dispose methodically; to place in suitable classes or order; to classify.
  25. To take rank of; to outrank.
  26. To be ranged; to be set or disposed, as in a particular degree, class, order, or division.
  27. To have a certain grade or degree of elevation in the orders of civil or military life; to have a certain degree of esteem or consideration; as, he ranks with the first class of poets; he ranks high in public estimation.
  28. A line of soldiers ranged side by side; - opposed to file. See 1st File, 1 ( a).
  29. A row of objects; a line of soldiers drawn up side by side; high position; as, a man of rank; social or official class; as, a person of low rank; the rank of captain; degree of worth or eminence; as, a poet of the first rank.
  30. To draw up in line; include in a certain class, order, or division; to be of a higher grade than.
  31. To hold a certain grade or position.
  32. Plentiful and coarse in growth; as, rank weeds; strong in taste or smell; as, rank butter; extreme; as, rank poison.
  33. Rankly.
  34. Rankness.
  35. A row or line, esp. of soldiers standing side by side: class or order: grade or degree: station: high social position.
  36. To place in a line: to range in a particular class: to place methodically.
  37. To be placed in a rank: to have a certain degree of elevation or distinction.
  38. Growing high and luxuriantly: coarse from excessive growth: raised to a high degree: excessive: causing strong growth: very fertile: strong scented: strong tasted: rancid: strong.
  39. A row; order; degree; dignity.
  40. Rancid; strong- scented; luxuriant; flagrant.
  41. To occupy a rank.
  42. To place in a rank.
  43. To place in a rank; form in line; range.
  44. To take precedence of.
  45. To have rank.
  46. Vigorous in growth.
  47. Strong and offensive; flagrant.
  48. A line or row; a line of soldiers side by side; opposed to file.
  49. Relative position; grade; degree.
  50. High degree or position.
  51. Luxuriant in growth; causing vigorous growth; rancid; high- tasted; rampant; excessive; coarse; high- grown; strong.
  52. A row; a line of men placed abreast; grade; dignity; eminence; high station; class.
  53. To place abreast or in a line; to dispose methodically.
  54. To be placed in a rank; to have a certain grade in society. To take rank, to enjoy precedence. Rank and file, the whole body of common soldiers. See Ring.
  55. A row or line, as of soldiers standing abreast; grade; station or condition; class or order; status or station in society; degree of eminence or dignity; high place.
  56. To place abreast in a line or row; to include in a particular class or division; to set or place in a particular class, order, or division; to have a certain grade in the orders of civil or military life; to be ranged; to be esteemed.
  57. Strong or luxuriant in growth; vigorous; excessive in any quality; raised to a high degree; extreme; violent; strong; barefaced.
  58. Strongly; fiercely.
  59. Musty; strong- scented; over- rich or offensive from excess; high or strong tasted.
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Usage examples for rank

  1. Not only his rank in life became uncertain, but suspicious. – The Disowned, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  2. I know, for instance, pretty well what was my own Galtonian rank as a schoolboy, and I am constantly asking myself whether my boy will do as well, better, or worse. – The Task of Social Hygiene by Havelock Ellis
  3. No Hindu, of whatever rank, would ever think of taking food in his own country except with his fingers. – India and the Indians by Edward F. Elwin
  4. Be content to wait, and rank will find you in its season, or if not you, your children. – Fair Margaret by H. Rider Haggard
  5. There was no distinction of rank to separate them. – Mary Erskine by Jacob Abbott
  6. It seemed to her vaguely that she had seen his face in the front rank of the crowd in Parliament Square; but she had heard nothing of him, or from him since their last talk. – Delia Blanchflower by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  7. I wish to enjoy life; I see wealth, power, rank, and pleasure to be worth living for, and I see nothing else. – Callista by John Henry Cardinal Newman
  8. Carey was bad enough, but he had some claim beside his coat to rank as a gentleman. – Sisters by Ada Cambridge
  9. I rank you in date, Mr. Passford, but I would give a great deal to have your record written against my name. – Fighting for the Right by Oliver Optic
  10. She then went out, and in a short time came back with another woman, who seemed to be of higher rank and greater authority. – Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia by Samuel Johnson
  11. Four or five officers of rank were with the general, and all were looking greatly amused when he entered. – With Moore At Corunna by G. A. Henty
  12. He's not in her rank of life. – Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope
  13. You ought to marry a lady- some one in your own rank of life, you know. – The Beckoning Hand and Other Stories The Beckoning Hand--Lucretia--The Third Time--The Gold Wulfric--My Uncle's Will--The Two Carnegies--Olga Davidoff's Husband--John Cann's Treasure--Isaline and I--Professor Milliter's Dilemma--In Strict Confidence--The by Grant Allen
  14. But I believed then, as I believe now, that command had been given for her to be treated as became her rank, rather than as one who had offended the king, for during the whole journey I neither saw nor heard anything which could give her pain. – The Coming of the King by James Hocking
  15. Date of rank Date of or enlistment. – The History of Company A, Second Illinois Cavalry by Samuel H. Fletcher
  16. Well, I call it rank nonsense- rank nonsense, that's what I call it, and don't you turn round on me and say I put it into her head. – Carnival by Compton Mackenzie
  17. Rank: Special Agent, Interstel. – Attrition by Jim Wannamaker
  18. Apparently he was puzzled as to her social rank. – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  19. It would be no more than is due to his rank; for though they are men, I dare say they have feelings like ourselves. – The Monikins by J. Fenimore Cooper
  20. But he must have rank, just as much as a doctor. – Sketches of the East Africa Campaign by Robert Valentine Dolbey
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