ranking

[ rang-king ]
/ ˈræŋ kɪŋ /

adjective

senior or superior in rank, position, etc.: a ranking diplomat.
prominent or highly regarded: a ranking authority on Soviet affairs.
occupying a specific rank, position, etc. (often used in combination): a low-ranking executive.

noun

an act or instance of indicating relative standing.
a list showing such standing.

Nearby words

  1. rankin, jeannette,
  2. rankine,
  3. rankine cycle,
  4. rankine scale,
  5. rankine, william john macquorn,
  6. ranking member,
  7. rankism,
  8. rankle,
  9. rankly,
  10. rankshift

Origin of ranking

First recorded in 1860–65; rank1 + -ing2, -ing1

rank

1
[ rangk ]
/ ræŋk /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Origin of rank

1
1560–70; < French ranc (noun, obsolete), Old French renc, ranc, rang row, line < Germanic, akin to ring1

Related formsrank·less, adjectiveun·ranked, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for ranking

ranking

/ (ˈræŋkɪŋ) /

adjective

mainly US and Canadian prominent; high ranking
Caribbean slang possessed of style; fashionable; exciting

noun

a position on a scale; ratinga ranking in a tennis tournament

Rank

noun

(ræŋk) J (oseph) Arthur, 1st Baron. 1888–1972, British industrialist and film executive, whose companies dominated the British film industry in the 1940s and 1950s
(German raŋk) Otto (ˈɔto). 1884–1939, Austrian psychoanalyst, noted for his theory that the trauma of birth may be reflected in certain forms of mental illness

rank

1
/ (ræŋk) /

noun

verb

Word Origin for rank

C16: from Old French ranc row, rank, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German hring circle

rank

2
/ (ræŋk) /

adjective

showing vigorous and profuse growthrank weeds
highly offensive or disagreeable, esp in smell or taste
(prenominal) complete or absolute; uttera rank outsider
coarse or vulgar; grosshis language was rank
Derived Formsrankly, adverbrankness, noun

Word Origin for rank

Old English ranc straight, noble; related to Old Norse rakkr upright, Dutch, Swedish rank tall and thin, weak

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Word Origin and History for ranking
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Idioms and Phrases with ranking

rank

In addition to the idiom beginning with rank

  • rank and file

also see:

  • break ranks
  • close ranks
  • pull rank
  • rise through the ranks
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