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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. conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible; " a crying shame"; " an egregious lie"; " flagrant violation of human rights"; " a glaring error"; " gross ineptitude"; " gross injustice"; " rank treachery"
  3. the body of members of an organization or group; " they polled their membership"; " they found dissension in their own ranks"; " he joined the ranks of the unemployed"
  4. take precedence or surpass others in rank
  5. 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"
  6. a row or line of people ( especially soldiers or police) standing abreast of one another; " the entrance was guarded by ranks of policemen"
  7. position in a social hierarchy; " the British are more aware of social status than Americans are"
  8. relative status; " his salary was determined by his rank and seniority"
  9. growing profusely; " rank jungle vegetation"
  10. very fertile; producing profuse growth; " rank earth"
  11. very offensive in smell or taste; " a rank cigar"
  12. take or have a position relative to others; " This painting ranks among the best in the Western World"
  13. assign a rank or rating to; " how would you rank these students?"; " The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide"
  14. Luxuriant in growth; of vigorous growth; exuberant; grown to immoderate height; as, rank grass; rank weeds.
  15. Raised to a high degree; violent; extreme; gross; utter; as, rank heresy.
  16. Causing vigorous growth; producing luxuriantly; very rich and fertile; as, rank land.
  17. Strong- scented; rancid; musty; as, oil of a rank smell; rank- smelling rue.
  18. Strong to the taste.
  19. Inflamed with venereal appetite.
  20. Rankly; stoutly; violently.
  21. A row or line; a range; an order; a tier; as, a rank of osiers.
  22. Grade of official standing, as in the army, navy, or nobility; as, the rank of general; the rank of admiral.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. Elevated grade or standing; high degree; high social position; distinction; eminence; as, a man of rank.
  26. To place abreast, or in a line.
  27. To range in a particular class, order, or division; to class; also, to dispose methodically; to place in suitable classes or order; to classify.
  28. To take rank of; to outrank.
  29. To be ranged; to be set or disposed, as in a particular degree, class, order, or division.
  30. 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.
  31. A line of soldiers ranged side by side; - opposed to file. See 1st File, 1 ( a).
  32. 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.
  33. To draw up in line; include in a certain class, order, or division; to be of a higher grade than.
  34. To hold a certain grade or position.
  35. Plentiful and coarse in growth; as, rank weeds; strong in taste or smell; as, rank butter; extreme; as, rank poison.
  36. Rankly.
  37. Rankness.
  38. A row or line, esp. of soldiers standing side by side: class or order: grade or degree: station: high social position.
  39. To place in a line: to range in a particular class: to place methodically.
  40. To be placed in a rank: to have a certain degree of elevation or distinction.
  41. 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.
  42. A row; order; degree; dignity.
  43. Rancid; strong- scented; luxuriant; flagrant.
  44. To occupy a rank.
  45. To place in a rank.
  46. To place in a rank; form in line; range.
  47. To take precedence of.
  48. To have rank.
  49. Vigorous in growth.
  50. Strong and offensive; flagrant.
  51. A line or row; a line of soldiers side by side; opposed to file.
  52. Relative position; grade; degree.
  53. High degree or position.
  54. Luxuriant in growth; causing vigorous growth; rancid; high- tasted; rampant; excessive; coarse; high- grown; strong.
  55. A row; a line of men placed abreast; grade; dignity; eminence; high station; class.
  56. To place abreast or in a line; to dispose methodically.
  57. 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.
  58. 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.
  59. 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.
  60. Strong or luxuriant in growth; vigorous; excessive in any quality; raised to a high degree; extreme; violent; strong; barefaced.
  61. Strongly; fiercely.
  62. Musty; strong- scented; over- rich or offensive from excess; high or strong tasted.
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Quotes of rank

  1. Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility. – Peter Drucker
  2. Reflection is a flower of the mind, giving out wholesome fragrance; but revelry is the same flower, when rank and running to seed. – Desiderius Erasmus
  3. The sight of women talking together has always made men uneasy; nowadays it means rank subversion. – Germaine Greer
  4. In the democracy of the dead all men at last are equal. There is neither rank nor station nor prerogative in the republic of the grave. – John James Ingalls
  5. I am a rank individualist. – Arthur Keith
  6. I would rather do twenty TV series than go through what I went through under that Rank contract I signed a few years ago for which I blame no one but myself. – Patrick McGoohan
  7. To work with the hands or brain, according to our requirements and our capacities, to do that which lies before us to do, is more honorable than rank and title. – Albert Pike
  8. Among my activities was membership in the Boy Scouts; I rose each year through the ranks, eventually achieving the rank of Eagle Scout and undertaking leadership roles in the organization. – Frederick Reines
  9. Women may give lip service to wanting husbands who take on an equal role in raising children, but many will pull rank when an important decision, like how to discipline or what baby sitter to hire, has to be made. – Pepper Schwartz
  10. I will accept no commission that would tend to create a rivalry with Grant. I want him to hold what he has earned and got. I have all the rank I want. – William Tecumseh Sherman
  11. The failure of women to produce genius of the first rank in most of the supreme forms of human effort has been used to block the way of all women of talent and ambition for intellectual achievement. – Anna Garlin Spencer
  12. Music must take rank as the highest of the fine arts- as the one which, more than any other, ministers to the human spirit. – Herbert Spencer

Usage examples for rank

  1. 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
  2. But he must have rank just as much as a doctor. – Sketches of the East Africa Campaign by Robert Valentine Dolbey
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Rank Special Agent, Interstel. – Attrition by Jim Wannamaker
  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. 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
  8. Apparently he was puzzled as to her social rank – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  9. 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
  10. Date of rank Date of or enlistment. – The History of Company A, Second Illinois Cavalry by Samuel H. Fletcher
  11. Not only his rank in life became uncertain, but suspicious. – The Disowned, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  12. Carey was bad enough, but he had some claim beside his coat to rank as a gentleman. – Sisters by Ada Cambridge
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. There was no distinction of rank to separate them. – Mary Erskine by Jacob Abbott
  16. Be content to wait, and rank will find you in its season, or if not you, your children. – Fair Margaret by H. Rider Haggard
  17. He's not in her rank of life. – Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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

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