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
4. complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers
- a rank outsider
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
2. relative status
- his salary was determined by his rank and seniority
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
4. position in a social hierarchy
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
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
2. assign a rank or rating to
- how would you rank these students?
3. take precedence or surpass others in rank
Similar word(s): outrank
Sentences with rank as a verb:
- Their defense ranked third in the league.