rank

rank
I. rank rank 1 [ræŋk] noun [countable]
1. a particular level of job in an organization, especially a government organization or the army:

• His father retired with the rank of major.

• Knight-Ridder named Maxwell King, 46, to succeed Mr. Roberts, but at a lower rank.

• The companies have been trying to reduce the number of management ranks in a bid to be more cost-efficient.

2. a particular position in a list that has been put in order of quality or importance:

No US airline broke the top 10 rank (= no US airline was higher than 10th ) in an airline survey released yesterday.

  [m0] II. rank rank 2 verb
1. [intransitive] to have a particular position in a list that has been put in order of quality or importance:

• It ranks in the top 3% of all mutual funds.

2. [transitive] to decide the position of something or someone in a list in order of quality or importance:

• The firm was ranked the number five underwriter of US bond and stock issues.

rank something as something

• The real estate executives ranked the Northeast as the least attractive area for development.

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Ⅰ.
rank UK US /ræŋk/ noun
[C or U] a position in an organization such as the government, army, etc. that shows the importance of someone's job compared to other positions: high/low/middle rank »

The committee usually consists of people of a higher rank than the person being interviewed.

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a management/executive rank

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the top/highest rank

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Despite his lack of Cabinet rank, U.N. diplomats said that the US representative would be listened to carefully.

[S] a particular position in a list that shows how important, good, profitable, etc. something is compared to other things of the same type: the first/top/highest rank of sth »

A big merger would put the firm into the first rank of global companies.

fall/slip in rank »

The fund has slipped in rank to eighth position in the Nasdaq.

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the bottom/lowest rank

ranks — Cf. ranks
rise from/through the ranks — Cf. rise through the ranks
Ⅱ.
rank UK US /ræŋk/ verb
[I or T] to have or be put into a position on a list of other similar things or people, that compares their importance, level of success, etc.: rank third/thirtieth, etc. »

The chemical company will rank 17th among U.S. chemical companies based on sales.

be ranked third/thirtieth, etc. »

The Japan fund has gone from strength to strength and is ranked fourth in its sector.

rank (sth) among sth »

The district ranks among the bottom ten in the state for residents' income.

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She was ranked among the 25 most powerful business women in the world.

rank low/high »

Energy costs rank high in importance in consumer's minds.

rank above/below sth »

England ranked below many other European countries for employment.

[T] to make a list of things in order, comparing their importance, level of success, quality, etc.: »

We rank a broad range of stocks using both value characteristics and growth characteristics.

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When facing a number of challenges, it is often useful to rank their importance so appropriate attention can be provided.

rank sth according to/by sth »

Cities were ranked according to how many international conferences they hosted.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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