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verb rank pronunciation in American English /ræŋk/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleranking
past tenseranked
past participleranked
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to be good, bad, important, unimportant, etc. compared with other similar people or things
    rank high/low etc.: We live in a society in which comfort ranks very high.
    rank as: This must rank as one of the most violent movies ever made.
    rank among: Flying still ranks among the safest forms of travel.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to put someone or something into a position according to their success, importance, size, etc.
    Nomura is now ranked third among the world’s information services companies.
  3. 3
    [transitive] American to outrank someone


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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