ranking rank‧ing [ˈræŋkɪŋ] noun [countable]
1. the position of something or someone in a list that has been arranged in order of quality or importance:

• The US recaptured from Germany the number one ranking among exporters.

2. a list of things or people in order of quality or importance:

• a ranking of the 30 largest US cities on the basis of finance and management

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   Denotes where a bond stands in relation to priority claims from a lender upon default by the borrower. Senior debt earns high priority if lenders have to reclaim funds, hence the bond issue terms can be less onerous for the borrower. Subordinated debt ranks a bond lower down the scale, thus a borrower has to offer a lender more advantageous terms.

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ranking UK US /ˈrænkɪŋ/ US  /ræŋkɪŋ/ noun
[C] the position or level something or someone has in a list that compares their importance, quality, success, etc.: »

Figures in brackets indicate the ranking of the leading host economies on a per capita basis.


The UK's actual ranking won't be known until a new Top 500 list is released.

[C] a list that compares the importance, quality, success, etc. of people or things of the same type: »

The company has dropped in the Franchise 500 ranking from No. 23 last year to No. 59.

[U] the action of deciding where someone or something should be in a list that compares things of the same type: »

The ranking system is based on a complicated formula with different items such as reputation or performance carrying different weights.

ranking as sth »

She referred to the bank's ranking by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the largest purchaser of green-power energy credits in the United States.

ranking UK US /ˈrænkɪŋ/ US  /ræŋkɪŋ/ adjective [before noun] US
having the highest position of authority in an organization, at a meeting, etc.: »

He is the ranking member on several Senate subcommittees.

See also HIGH-RANKING(Cf. ↑high-ranking), LOW-RANKING(Cf. ↑low-ranking), MIDDLE-RANKING(Cf. ↑middle-ranking), TOP RANKING(Cf. ↑top ranking)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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