Definition of ranking in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈraNGkiNG/


1A position in a scale of achievement or status; a classification: his number-one world ranking
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  • The surveys from other websites at various times may not have the same rankings.
  • Why else would he point to the Macleans rankings which I posted on a few days ago?
  • Victory at the Deutsche Bank championship lifts Singh to number one in the world rankings.
1.1The action or process of giving a specified rank or place within a grading system: the ranking of students
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  • In any ranking of political systems over the last hundred years or so Australia would have to be very close to the top.
  • The process of valuation and ranking obviously assumes the work, and implications, of a canon.
  • That community may desire competitive ranking of scholarship rather than benchmarking of quality.


[in combination]
1Having a specified rank in a hierarchy: high-ranking army officers
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  • Millions of visitors are expected to travel to China for the Olympics, including high ranking U. S. officials.
  • There is also sporadic news of high ranking al-Qaeda officials travelling in Iran, seeming to be causally connected to terror attacks in Iraq.
  • Clark remains the highest ranking official to appear in a Canadian gay pride parade.
1.1 [attributive] North American Having a high rank: two ranking PLO figures
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  • He's the ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
  • A ranking official sued sued the authors, accusing them of libel, in his home county court.
  • He said a ranking police officer would head the committee.

Words that rhyme with ranking

landbanking, spanking

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Syllabification: rank·ing

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