1 status, standing, position, place, level, stratum, class, caste, circumstances, echelon, grade:
It is virtually impossible to determine rank simply by looking at a person.
2 weight, authority, power, superiority, seniority, ascendancy, priority, influence, eminence:
Caldwell uses the privilege of rank to cover up some of his more questionable transactions.
3 nobility, title, high birth, aristocracy, dignity, prestige, (blue) blood; peerage:
Gentlemen of rank should behave with honour, my boy.
4 line, row, column, queue, series, formation; sequence:
We gazed on the serried ranks of warriors, golden shields glistening in the sun
5 ranks. soldiers, workers, staff, employees:
Smithers rose from the ranks to become chief executive officer.
6 grade, rate, classify, class, categorize; dispose, organize, order, sort, assort, arrange, array, align, range, graduate:
He was ranked among the best in the school. The applicants are ranked according to their test scores
7 rate, count, stand, have standing or value or prestige, be important or distinguished:
To Janet, character ranks far above wealth. Phil is so mean that Scrooge would rank high on a list of charitable men in comparison with him.
1 lush, luxuriant, abundant, flourishing, profuse, prolific, dense, superabundant, exuberant, fertile, productive, fructuous:
The expedition could hardly make its way through the rank undergrowth of th jungle
2 corrupt, foul, low, base, gross; downright, utter, sheer, absolute, complete, out-and-out, blatant, flagrant, unalloyed, unmitigated, undiluted:
I cannot understand the rank treachery of the man after all that we have done for him. I ventured my opinion, even though a rank outsider
3 offensive, loathsome, disgusting, gross, foul, corrupt, indecent, shocking, immodest, indecorous, shameless, risqué, lurid, off colour, outrageous, blue, nasty, vulgar, vile, dirty, filthy, smutty, scatological, pornographic, obscene:
Those bigots always resort to the rank vocabulary of malice and hate. In a secret cupboard was a collection of the rankest literature
4 offensive, loathsome, disgusting, gross, foul, foul-smelling, smelly, rancid, noisome, stinking, reeky, reeking, mephitic, miasmic or miasmal or miasmatic(al), fetid or foetid, noxious, rotten, putrid, musty, stale, disagreeable, strong, pungent:
The rank stench from the open sewers pervades the air in those pockets of poverty.
1 level of importance
high, senior, superior, upper | middle | inferior, junior, low
the lowest ranks of the aristocracy
| first, second
He is in the first rank of university teachers.
| social | Cabinet, ministerial
a government minister of Cabinet rank
VERB + RANK
achieve, attain, be promoted to, get to, reach, rise to
She joined the navy, where she rose to the rank of captain.
| have, hold
He held officer rank in the air force for many years.
| be stripped of
He was stripped of his rank by a military court.
above a/the ~
He never rose above the rank of lieutenant.
| below a/the ~
police officers below the rank of sergeant
| in ~
He is higher in rank than I am.
| ~ in
all ranks in society
| ~ of
She reached the rank of captain.
of high/low, etc. rank
officers of senior rank
2 group/line of things/people
front, rear | massed, serried
the serried ranks of hotel staff
along a/the ~
The president moved slowly along the ranks of men.
| in a/the ~
standing in the second rank The soldiers marched in three ranks of ten.
(= to leave a line of soldiers, police, etc.)The police broke ranks and started hitting people with their batons.
| rank on/upon rank (of sth)
Rank upon rank of caravans filled the field.
3 (also the ranks) ordinary members of a large group
VERB + RANK
be admitted into/to, enter, join, swell
Each month thousands more swell the ranks of the unemployed.
| serve in
They had served in the ranks of the Sultan's army.
| come up from/through, rise from/through
He came up through the ranks to become a general.
among/within the ~s of
There is much disaffection among the ranks of the party.
| beyond/outside the ~s
The group has little influence over those outside its own ranks.
| in the ~s
There are few women in the highest ranks of the organization.
More information about RANK
in the armed forces air force, army, navy ~
an air force/army sergeant an army/navy captain
have/hold the rank of, serve as ~
She joined the navy and held the rank of captain. He served as a lieutenant in the marine corps.
be appointed, become, be made ~
He was made a colonel at the age of 40. She ought to have been made sergeant by now.
383 men under General Miles attacked the camp.
the rank of ~
She was promoted to the rank of colonel.
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