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Dictionary definition for: Rank

1. (n) a row or line of people (especially soldiers or police) standing abreast of one another; "the entrance was guarded by ranks of policemen"

2. (v) take or have a position relative to others; "This painting ranks among the best in the Western World"

3. (s) very fertile; producing profuse growth; "rank earth"

4. (n) relative status; "his salary was determined by his rank and seniority"

5. (v) assign a rank or rating to; "how would you rank these students?" "The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide"

6. (s) very offensive in smell or taste; "a rank cigar"

7. (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"

8. (v) take precedence or surpass others in rank

9. (s) conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible; "a crying shame" "an egregious lie" "flagrant violation of human rights" "a glaring error" "gross ineptitude" "gross injustice" "rank treachery"

10. (n) position in a social hierarchy; "the British are more aware of social status than Americans are"

11. (n) the body of members of an organization or group; "they polled their membership" "they found dissension in their own ranks" "he joined the ranks of the unemployed"

12. (s) growing profusely; "rank jungle vegetation"

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