"ranks" in the noun sense
a row or line of people (especially soldiers or police) standing abreast of one another
"the entrance was guarded by ranks of policemen"
"his salary was determined by his rank and seniority"
3. rank and file, rank
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"
4. social station, social status, social rank, rank
position in a social hierarchy
"the British are more aware of social status than Americans are"
5. membership, rank
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"
"ranks" in the verb sense
take or have a position relative to others
"This painting ranks among the best in the Western World"
2. rate, rank, range, order, grade, place
assign a rank or rating to
"how would you rank these students?"
"The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide"
3. rank, outrank
take precedence or surpass others in rank
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