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Definition of rank adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1having a strong unpleasant smell The house was full of the rank smell of urine.
  2. 2[only before noun] used to emphasize a particular quality, state, etc. an example of rank stupidity The winning horse was a rank outsider.
  3. 3(of plants, etc.) growing too thickly an area overgrown with rank grass and nettles
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