Synonyms of rank


1. rank, line

usage: a row or line of people (especially soldiers or police) standing abreast of one another; "the entrance was guarded by ranks of policemen"

2. rank, status, position

usage: relative status; "his salary was determined by his rank and seniority"

3. rank and file, rank, force, personnel

usage: 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. social station, social status, social rank, rank, status, position

usage: position in a social hierarchy; "the British are more aware of social status than Americans are"

5. membership, rank, body

usage: 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"


1. rank, be

usage: take or have a position relative to others; "This painting ranks among the best in the Western World"

2. rate, rank, range, order, grade, place, evaluate, pass judgment, judge

usage: assign a rank or rating to; "how would you rank these students?"; "The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide"

3. rank, outrank, excel, stand out, surpass

usage: take precedence or surpass others in rank


1. rank, fertile (vs. sterile)

usage: very fertile; producing profuse growth; "rank earth"

2. rank, offensive (vs. inoffensive)

usage: very offensive in smell or taste; "a rank cigar"

3. crying(prenominal), egregious, flagrant, glaring, gross, rank, conspicuous (vs. inconspicuous)

usage: 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"

4. absolute, downright, out-and-out(prenominal), rank(prenominal), right-down, sheer(prenominal), complete (vs. incomplete)

usage: 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"

5. rank, abundant (vs. scarce)

usage: growing profusely; "rank jungle vegetation"

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Definition and meaning of rank (Dictionary)