(noun, adjective, verb, adverb)


1. very fertile; producing profuse growth

- rank earth

Similar word(s): fertile

2. very offensive in smell or taste

- a rank cigar

Similar word(s): offensive

3. noticeably and outrageously bad or reprehensible.

- rank treachery

Similar word(s): conspicuous, crying, egregious, flagrant, glaring, gross

4. complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers

- a rank outsider

Similar word(s): complete, absolute, downright, sheer

5. growing profusely

- rank jungle vegetation

Similar word(s): abundant

Sentences with rank as an adjective:

- rank treason;  rank nonsense

- rank grass;  rank weeds

- Your gym clothes are rank, bro – when'd you last wash 'em?

- I am a rank amateur as a wordsmith.


1. (obsolete) Quickly, eagerly, impetuously.


1. a row or line of people (especially soldiers or police) standing abreast of one another

- the entrance was guarded by ranks of policemen

Definition categories: group, line

2. relative status

- his salary was determined by his rank and seniority

Definition categories: state, position, status

3. 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

Definition categories: group, force, personnel

4. position in a social hierarchy

Definition categories: state, position, status

5. the body of members of an organization or group

- they found dissension in their own ranks

- he joined the ranks of the unemployed

Similar word(s): membership

Definition categories: group, body

Sentences with rank as a noun:

- The front rank kneeled to reload while the second rank fired over their heads.

- Based on your test scores, you have a rank of 23.

- The fancy hotel was of the first rank.

- Private First Class (PFC) is the lowest rank in the Marines.

- He rose up through the ranks of the company from mailroom clerk to CEO.

- Phylum is the taxonomic rank below kingdom and above class.


1. take or have a position relative to others

- This painting ranks among the best in the Western World

Definition categories: cognition, be

2. assign a rank or rating to

- how would you rank these students?

Similar word(s): grade, order, place, range, rate

Definition categories: cognition, evaluate, judge

3. take precedence or surpass others in rank

Similar word(s): outrank

Definition categories: stative, excel, surpass

Sentences with rank as a verb:

- Their defense ranked third in the league.