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  1. complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers; "absolute freedom"; "an absolute dimwit"; "a downright lie"; "out-and-out mayhem"; "an out-and-out lie"; "a rank outsider"; "many right-down vices"; "got the job through sheer persistence"; "sheer stupidity" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  2. conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible; "a crying shame"; "an egregious lie"; "flagrant violation of human rights"; "a glaring error"; "gross ineptitude"; "gross injustice"; "rank treachery" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the body of members of an organization or group; "they polled their membership"; "they found dissension in their own ranks"; "he joined the ranks of the unemployed" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. take precedence or surpass others in rank Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. a row or line of people (especially soldiers or police) standing abreast of one another; "the entrance was guarded by ranks of policemen" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. position in a social hierarchy; "the British are more aware of social status than Americans are" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. relative status; "his salary was determined by his rank and seniority" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. growing profusely; "rank jungle vegetation" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. very fertile; producing profuse growth; "rank earth" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. very offensive in smell or taste; "a rank cigar" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. take or have a position relative to others; "This painting ranks among the best in the Western World" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. assign a rank or rating to; "how would you rank these students?"; "The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. Luxuriant in growth; of vigorous growth; exuberant; grown to immoderate height; as, rank grass; rank weeds. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Raised to a high degree; violent; extreme; gross; utter; as, rank heresy. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. Causing vigorous growth; producing luxuriantly; very rich and fertile; as, rank land. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. Strong-scented; rancid; musty; as, oil of a rank smell; rank-smelling rue. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. Strong to the taste. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. Inflamed with venereal appetite. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. Rankly; stoutly; violently. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. A row or line; a range; an order; a tier; as, a rank of osiers. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. Grade of official standing, as in the army, navy, or nobility; as, the rank of general; the rank of admiral. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. An aggregate of individuals classed together; a permanent social class; an order; a division; as, ranks and orders of men; the highest and the lowest ranks of men, or of other intelligent beings. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. Degree of dignity, eminence, or excellence; position in civil or social life; station; degree; grade; as, a writer of the first rank; a lawyer of high rank. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. Elevated grade or standing; high degree; high social position; distinction; eminence; as, a man of rank. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. To place abreast, or in a line. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. To range in a particular class, order, or division; to class; also, to dispose methodically; to place in suitable classes or order; to classify. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. To take rank of; to outrank. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. To be ranged; to be set or disposed, as in a particular degree, class, order, or division. Webster Dictionary DB
  30. To have a certain grade or degree of elevation in the orders of civil or military life; to have a certain degree of esteem or consideration; as, he ranks with the first class of poets; he ranks high in public estimation. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. A line of soldiers ranged side by side; - opposed to file. See 1st File, 1 (a). Webster Dictionary DB
  32. A row of objects; a line of soldiers drawn up side by side; high position; as, a man of rank; social or official class; as, a person of low rank; the rank of captain; degree of worth or eminence; as, a poet of the first rank. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  33. To draw up in line; include in a certain class, order, or division; to be of a higher grade than. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  34. To hold a certain grade or position. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  35. Plentiful and coarse in growth; as, rank weeds; strong in taste or smell; as, rank butter; extreme; as, rank poison. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  36. Rankly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  37. Rankness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  38. A row or line, esp. of soldiers standing side by side: class or order: grade or degree: station: high social position. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  39. To place in a line: to range in a particular class: to place methodically. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  40. To be placed in a rank: to have a certain degree of elevation or distinction. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  41. Growing high and luxuriantly: coarse from excessive growth: raised to a high degree: excessive: causing strong growth: very fertile: strong scented: strong tasted: rancid: strong. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  42. A row; order; degree; dignity. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  43. Rancid; strong-scented; luxuriant; flagrant. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  44. To occupy a rank. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  45. To place in a rank. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  46. To place in a rank; form in line; range. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  47. To take precedence of. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  48. To have rank. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  49. Vigorous in growth. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  50. Strong and offensive; flagrant. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  51. A line or row; a line of soldiers side by side; opposed to file. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  52. Relative position; grade; degree. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  53. High degree or position. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  54. Luxuriant in growth; causing vigorous growth; rancid; high-tasted; rampant; excessive; coarse; high-grown; strong. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  55. A row; a line of men placed abreast; grade; dignity; eminence; high station; class. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  56. To place abreast or in a line; to dispose methodically. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  57. To be placed in a rank; to have a certain grade in society. To take rank, to enjoy precedence. Rank and file, the whole body of common soldiers. See Ring. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  58. A row or line, as of soldiers standing abreast; grade; station or condition; class or order; status or station in society; degree of eminence or dignity; high place. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  59. To place abreast in a line or row; to include in a particular class or division; to set or place in a particular class, order, or division; to have a certain grade in the orders of civil or military life; to be ranged; to be esteemed. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  60. Strong or luxuriant in growth; vigorous; excessive in any quality; raised to a high degree; extreme; violent; strong; barefaced. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  61. Strongly; fiercely. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  62. Musty; strong-scented; over-rich or offensive from excess; high or strong tasted. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  63. A line of soldiers ranged side by side; -- opposed to file. See 1st File, 1 a. mso.anu.edu.au
  64. In English law. Excessive ; too large in amount; as a rank modus. 2 Bl. Comm. 30. thelawdictionary.org
  65. The order or place in which certain officers are placed in the army and navy, In relation to others. Wood v. U. S., 15 Ct. CI. 158. thelawdictionary.org
  66. A line of soldiers ranged side by side; opposed to file. See 1st File, 1 (a). dictgcide_fs
  67. rangk, n. a row or line, esp. of soldiers standing side by side: class or order: grade or degree: station: high social position or standing.--v.t. to place in a line: to range in a particular class: to place methodically: to take rank over.--v.i. to be placed in a rank or class: to have a certain degree of distinction: to be admitted as a claim against the property of a bankrupt.--n. RANK'ER, one who arranges or disposes in ranks: an officer who has risen from the ranks.--RANK AND FILE, the whole body of common soldiers.--TAKE RANK OF, to have the right to take a higher place than; TAKE RANK WITH, to take the same rank as; THE RANKS, the order of common soldiers. [O. Fr. renc (Fr. rang)--Old High Ger. hring or hrinc, Eng. ring.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  68. rangk, adj. growing high and luxuriantly: coarse from excessive growth: raised to a high degree: excessive: very fertile: strong-scented: strong-tasted: rancid: utter, as rank nonsense: coarse: indecent: (Shak.) ruttish: (slang) eager: (law) excessive: (mech.) cutting deeply.--adv. (Spens.) rankly, fiercely.--v.i. RANK'LE, to be inflamed: to fester: to be a source of disquietude or excitement: to rage.--v.t. to irritate.--adv. RANK'LY, offensively: to an inordinate degree.--n. RANK'NESS, exuberant growth: (Shak.) insolence.--adjs. RANK'-R[=I]'DING, hard-riding; RANK'-SCENT'ED (Shak.), strong-scented: rancid. [A.S. ranc, fruitful, rank; Ice. rakkr, bold, Dan. rank, lank, slender.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  69. Row, line, queue, (now chiefly of cabs standing in line); number of soldiers drawn up in single line a breast (usu. one r. behind another, called front, rear, r.; the rr. were broken, could not keep the formation; the rr. or the r. & file, common soldiers, i.e. privates& corporals, & transf. lower classes or ordinary undistinguished people; rise from the rr., said of common soldier or sergeant who is given commission, or of self made man); order, array, (keep r., break r., remain, fail to remain, in line); distinct social class, grade of dignity, station, high station, (people of all rr.; persons of r., members of nobility; r. & fashion, high society; the pride of r.); place in a scale (the first r. must be given to the rose). [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  70. Arrange (esp. soldiers) in r.; classify, give certain grade to; have r. or place (ranks among the Great Powers, next to the king, &c.); (Mil.) march past or off. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  71. Too luxuriant, gross, coarse, over productive, choked with or apt to produce weeds, (roses are growing r., running too much to leaf; land too r. to grow corn); foul-smelling, offensive, rancid; loathsome, indecent, corrupt; strongly marked, unmistakable, flagrant, virulent, gross, (r. treason, pedantry, poison, nonsense). Hence rankly adv., rankness n. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  72. n. A row or line of things ; things in a line ; a range ;-a. line of soldiers standing abreast or side by side - opposed to file ;-a commission in the army or navy ; a particular status or position in the service; grade; also, promotion ; higher step ;-a division ; a class ; an order; a particular set of men in public or social life ;-hence, social position ; nobility; title ; eminence, &c. ;-pl. Ranks, the common soldiers. Rank and file, common soldiers and non-commissioned officers collectively. Cabinet Dictionary

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