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  • n  a row or line of people (especially soldiers or police) standing abreast of one another
    the entrance was guarded by ranks of policemen
  • n  relative status
    his salary was determined by his rank and seniority
  • n  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
  • n  position in a social hierarchy
  • n  the body of members of an organization or group
    they found dissension in their own ranks
    he joined the ranks of the unemployed
  • v  take or have a position relative to others
    This painting ranks among the best in the Western World
  • v  assign a rank or rating to
    how would you rank these students?
  • v  take precedence or surpass others in rank
  • s  very fertile; producing profuse growth
    rank earth
  • s  very offensive in smell or taste
    a rank cigar
  • s  conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible
    rank treachery
  • s  complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers
    a rank outsider
  • s  growing profusely
    rank jungle vegetation

  • Noted statistician Joel Stein creates a mathematical formula to rank the influence of everyone from Vladimir Putin to Bruce Springsteen.
  • As competition gets more fierce and pressure more intense, many schools are phasing out class ranking systems.
  • Roll over the grid to on the right to see jobs by rank.
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  • Greg Norman in USA Today
    I can stand here now and say, yeah, I'm disappointed,said Norman, who has eight runner-up finishes in majors, including playoff losses in each of the four events. "Where does it rank with those? Probably not as high as some of the other...
  • Tom Izzo in New York Times
    They are the best team in the country and have earned that rank probably over a year and a half,Izzo said. "But we found a way to have some teams not play as good against us."
  • Phil Gramm in CNN International
    Gramm on Friday said he would "join the growing number of rank-and-file McCain supporters."

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