rank: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (rangk), [key]
  1. to arrange in ranks or in regular formation: The men were ranked according to height. He ranked the chess pieces on the board.
  2. to assign to a particular position, station, class, etc.: She was ranked among the most admired citizens.
  3. to outrank: The colonel ranks all other officers in the squadron.
  4. to insult; criticize.
  1. to form a rank or ranks.
  2. to take up or occupy a place in a particular rank, class, etc.: to rank well ahead of the other students.
  3. to have rank or standing.
  4. to be the senior in rank: The colonel ranks at this camp.
  5. to complain.


Pronunciation: (rangk), [key]
— -er, -est.
  1. growing with excessive luxuriance; vigorous and tall of growth: tall rank weeds.
  2. producing an excessive and coarse growth, as land.
  3. having an offensively strong smell or taste: a rank cigar.
  4. offensively strong, as a smell or taste.
  5. utter; absolute: a rank amateur; rank treachery.
  6. highly offensive; disgusting: a rank sight of carnage.
  7. grossly coarse, vulgar, or indecent: rank language.
  8. inferior; contemptible.


Pronunciation: (rängk), [key]
  1. 1884–1939, Austrian psychoanalyst.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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