rank - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] someone’s official position in the armed forces, police, fire service etc

    Her rank when she retired was captain.

    rank of:

    He joined in 1998, and quickly rose to the rank of inspector.

    senior/junior rank:

    Let me speak to an officer of more senior rank.

    1. a.
      someone’s position or job in an organization
      rank of:

      She had reached the rank of junior minister by the time she was 30.

  2. 3


    [plural] all the people within a group, organization etc

    This reversal of policy touched off a violent dispute within the party ranks.

    join the ranks (of something):

    Another Republican senator joins the ranks of the presidential hopefuls.

    swell the ranks (=make a group bigger):

    The organization is looking for young people to swell their ranks.

    1. a.

      the ranks

      all the members of a military organization who are not officers
      be reduced to the ranks (=have your officer rank taken away as a punishment):

      At the court-martial Captain Bomford was reduced to the ranks.