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rank
/ rANk; rANk/ n 1 [C, U] position in a scale of responsibility, quality, social status, etc : ministers of Cabinet rank * a painter of the first/top rank, ie one of the very best * people of (high) rank * people of all ranks and classes . 2 [C, U] position or grade in the armed forces ; :promoted to the rank of captain * above/below a major in rank [] * officers of high rank * reach the rank of colonel . 3 [C] line or row of things , , : a `cab/`taxi rank * Take the taxi at the head of the rank, ie the first in the line. . 4 (a) [C] line or row of soldiers, policemen, etc standing side by side , : ranks of marching infantry * keep/break ranks, ie remain/fail to remain in line []. (b) the ranks [pl] (also `other ranks) ordinary soldiers, ie privates, corporals, etc, not officers , : join, serve in, etc the ranks * rise from the ranks, ie be made an officer after serving as an ordinary soldier * be reduced to the ranks, ie (of a sergeant, etc) be made an ordinary soldier as a punishment * (fig ) join the ranks of the unemployed, ie become unemployed . 5 (idm ) close ranks => close4. pull rank => pull2.
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009/11/22 13:42:11
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rank
v (not in the continuous tenses ) 1 [Tn, Tn.pr, Cn.n/a] ~ sb/sth (as sth) place sb/sth in a rank; grade sb/sth according to quality, achievement, etc []; []: I rank her achievement very highly. . * Where/How do you rank Karpov as a chess player? ? * I rank her among the country's best writers. . 2 [Ipr] have a rank or place ; : Does he rank among/with the failures? ? * A major ranks above a captain. . * a high-ranking official, delegate, etc . 3 [Tn] (US) have a higher rank than (sb) .
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009/11/22 13:42:11
rank
/ rANk; rANk/ adj 1 (a) (of plants, etc) growing too thickly; over-luxuriant ; : rank grass, ivy, etc * roses that grow rank . (b) ~ (with sth) (of land) full of or likely to produce many weeds , : rank soil, earth, etc * a field rank with nettles and thistles  . 2 smelling or tasting bad; offensive ; : rank tobacco * the rank stench of rotting meat . 3 [attrib ] (esp derog ) complete and utter; unmistakable ; : a rank traitor, lie * rank insolence, stupidity, injustice, etc * The winning horse was a rank outsider. .
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009/11/22 13:42:11
rank
/ rANk; rANk/ adj 1 (a) (of plants, etc) growing too thickly; over-luxuriant ; : rank grass, ivy, etc * roses that grow rank . (b) ~ (with sth) (of land) full of or likely to produce many weeds , : rank soil, earth, etc * a field rank with nettles and thistles  . 2 smelling or tasting bad; offensive ; : rank tobacco * the rank stench of rotting meat . 3 [attrib ] (esp derog ) complete and utter; unmistakable ; : a rank traitor, lie * rank insolence, stupidity, injustice, etc * The winning horse was a rank outsider. .
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009/11/22 13:42:11
rank
v (not in the continuous tenses ) 1 [Tn, Tn.pr, Cn.n/a] ~ sb/sth (as sth) place sb/sth in a rank; grade sb/sth according to quality, achievement, etc []; []: I rank her achievement very highly. . * Where/How do you rank Karpov as a chess player? ? * I rank her among the country's best writers. . 2 [Ipr] have a rank or place ; : Does he rank among/with the failures? ? * A major ranks above a captain. . * a high-ranking official, delegate, etc . 3 [Tn] (US) have a higher rank than (sb) .
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009/11/22 13:42:11

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