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Related to ranks: Military ranks
a. A relative position in a society.
b. An official position or grade: the rank of sergeant.
c. A relative position or degree of value in a graded group.
d. High or eminent station or position: persons of rank.
2. A row, line, series, or range.
a. A line of soldiers, vehicles, or equipment standing side by side in close order.
b. ranks The armed forces.
c. ranks Personnel, especially enlisted military personnel.
4. ranks A body of people classed together; numbers: joined the ranks of the unemployed.
5. Games Any of the rows of squares running crosswise to the files on a playing board in chess or checkers.
v. ranked, rank·ing, ranks
1. To place in a row or rows.
2. To give a particular order or position to; classify.
3. To outrank or take precedence over.
1. To hold a particular rank: ranked first in the class.
2. To form or stand in a row or rows.
a. To complain.
b. To engage in carping criticism. Often used with on: Stop ranking on me all the time.
To use one's superior rank to gain an advantage.
[Middle English, line, row, from Old French ranc, renc, of Germanic origin; see sker- in Indo-European roots.]
adj. rank·er, rank·est
1. Growing profusely or with excessive vigor: rank vegetation.
2. Yielding a profuse, often excessive crop; highly fertile: rank earth.
3. Strong and offensive in odor or flavor: rank gym clothes.
4. Absolute; complete: a rank amateur; rank treachery. See Synonyms at flagrant.
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1. the people who belong to a group or organization: he soon joined the ranks of the unemployed.
2. (Military) military the ordinary members of an organization, esp the armed forces
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