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  1. (noun) A relative position in a society.
  2. (noun) An official position or grade: the rank of sergeant.
  3. (noun) A relative position or degree of value in a graded group.
  4. (noun) High or eminent station or position: persons of rank.
  5. (noun) A row, line, series, or range.
  6. (noun) A line of soldiers, vehicles, or equipment standing side by side in close order.
  7. (noun) The armed forces.
  8. (noun) Personnel, especially enlisted military personnel.
  9. (noun) A body of people classed together; numbers: joined the ranks of the unemployed.
  10. (noun) Games Any of the rows of squares running crosswise to the files on a playing board in chess or checkers.
  11. (verb-transitive) To place in a row or rows.
  12. (verb-transitive) To give a particular order or position to; classify.
  13. (verb-transitive) To outrank or take precedence over.
  14. (verb-intransitive) To hold a particular rank: ranked first in the class.
  15. (verb-intransitive) To form or stand in a row or rows.
  16. (verb-intransitive) Slang To complain.
  17. (verb-intransitive) Slang To engage in carping criticism. Often used with on: Stop ranking on me all the time.
  18. (idiom) pull rank To use one's superior rank to gain an advantage.
  19. (adjective) Growing profusely or with excessive vigor: rank vegetation in the jungle.
  20. (adjective) Yielding a profuse, often excessive crop; highly fertile: rank earth.
  21. (adjective) Strong and offensive in odor or flavor.
  22. (adjective) Conspicuously offensive: rank treachery. See Synonyms at flagrant.
  23. (adjective) Absolute; complete: a rank amateur; a rank stranger.


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