Definition of rank verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    rank

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ræŋk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ræŋk//
     
    (not used in the progressive tenses)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rank
    BrE BrE//ræŋk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ræŋk//
     
    he / she / it ranks
    BrE BrE//ræŋks//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ræŋks//
     
    past simple ranked
    BrE BrE//ræŋkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ræŋkt//
     
    past participle ranked
    BrE BrE//ræŋkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ræŋkt//
     
    past simple ranking
    BrE BrE//ˈræŋkɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈræŋkɪŋ//
     
    past participle ranking
    BrE BrE//ˈræŋkɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈræŋkɪŋ//
     
     
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    give position
  1. 1  [transitive, intransitive] to give somebody/something a particular position on a scale according to quality, importance, success, etc.; to have a position of this kind rank somebody/something (+ adv./prep.) The tasks have been ranked in order of difficulty. She is currently the highest ranked player in the world. top-ranked players rank somebody/something as something Voters regularly rank education as being more important than defence. rank (somebody/something) + adj. Last year, he was ranked second in his age group. At the height of her career she ranked second in the world. rank somebody/something + noun The university is ranked number one in the country for engineering. rank as something It certainly doesn't rank as his greatest win. (+ adv./prep.) The restaurant ranks among the finest in town. This must rank with (= be as good as) the greatest movies ever made. Health and education rank highly with voters. (North American English) You just don't rank (= you're not good enough).
  2. put in line/row
  3. 2[transitive, usually passive] rank something to arrange objects in a line or row
  4. Word Originverb Middle English (in the sense ‘row of things’): from Old French ranc, of Germanic origin; related to ringExtra examples He is a high-ranking officer in the Indian Army. He ranks among the greatest boxers of all time. She is now ranked in the top five hockey players in Britain. She ranks above any other musician of her generation. The children were ranked according to academic ability. The company ranks second among food manufacturers. The dandelion ranks ahead of both broccoli and spinach in nutritional value. Their performance ranks as the best of the year. These subjects ranked low for most students. This city ranks alongside London as one of the great tourist attractions of the world. This ranks with the great paintings of the 19th century. We beat a nationally ranked team. high-ranking officials ranked in order of size the tennis player ranked number two in the world He is now ranked number two in the world. He was ranked second in his age group. It certain doesn’t rank as their greatest win. It now ranks as Japan’s fourth largest market. Schools in our state continue to rank low in the nation. The collection ranks among the finest in the country. The criteria are ranked in order of importance. They both lost to top-ranked American players. You just don’t rank.
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