Definition of ranking in English:

ranking

noun

  • 1A position in a hierarchy or scale.

    ‘his world number-one ranking’
    • ‘The report is backed up by disappointing rankings in the world's top 500 universities.’
    • ‘The company has set up leagues on the web, which include player rankings.’
    • ‘Small is currently ranked 37 in the world, a grim reminder of just how far he has slipped down the rankings.’
    • ‘The surprise was that the Gators' top-five ranking through early March was due in part to the upperclass play of freshmen Matt Walsh and Anthony Roberson.’
    • ‘At his peak, he was ranked fourth in the British rankings for the 5,000 metres.’
    • ‘Despite his gradual ascent up the World Cup rankings, his lifestyle has remained far from glamorous.’
    • ‘Indeed, so far as the Masters is concerned, the rankings appear to be essentially meaningless.’
    • ‘Why else would he point to the Macleans rankings which I posted on a few days ago?’
    • ‘As variation in performance evaluation increases, so does the impact on the student's final ranking.’
    • ‘But since tennis became truly global, it has been reflected in the world rankings.’
    • ‘Further reform will tighten the rankings given to schools by inspectors.’
    • ‘I try not to think about the rankings but you can't help it because everyone keeps talking about them.’
    • ‘The surveys from other websites at various times may not have the same rankings.’
    • ‘Mauresmo is projected to equal her career-best ranking of fourth.’
    • ‘He is hoping to improve on these rankings this season and, if all goes to plan, break into the top 500.’
    • ‘He's ranked 13, but for six consecutive years he was untouchable at the top of the rankings.’
    • ‘That, by a remarkable coincidence, is the minimum requirement for inclusion in the rankings.’
    • ‘Scotland are now beneath Jamaica and Zimbabwe in world football rankings.’
    • ‘Victory at the Deutsche Bank championship lifts Singh to number one in the world rankings.’
    • ‘With descent in the rankings comes the withdrawal of privileges, such as the exemptions for the majors.’
    hierarchy, ladder, pecking order, order, spectrum, progression, succession, sequence, series
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    1. 1.1mass noun The action or process of giving a specified rank to someone or something.
      ‘the ranking of students’
      • ‘In any ranking of political systems over the last hundred years or so Australia would have to be very close to the top.’
      • ‘It is important to note that the pre-qualification process for the Queensway-Carleton Hospital Project did not involve ranking of the successful contractors.’
      • ‘He did the best that could be done, and the course now ranks 11 th in Golf Digest's ranking of courses in Georgia.’
      • ‘The distinction between ranking and classification is an important one, even if it is lost on many in higher education.’
      • ‘I can't off-hand think of any non-competitive system that can establish this, since the act of ranking is competitive in itself.’
      • ‘Where does the Myrtles rank in the ranking of haunted places in the US?’
      • ‘The U.S. is first in this year's ranking of the world's most competitive economies.’
      • ‘The process of valuation and ranking obviously assumes the work, and implications, of a canon.’
      • ‘Isn't there some official ranking of economics departments?’
      • ‘The patterns for other health authority performance indicators are similar, and the magnitude and direction of the errors in ranking may be systematic.’
      • ‘For more details on how the industry is reshaping, refer to DF's 2002 ranking of dairy processors.’
      • ‘The natural desire for social ranking is satisfied by a hierarchy of authority and recognition that honors people for their public service.’
      • ‘Hong Kong ranked first in Fortune's annual ranking of the best cities for business in Asia this year, the international magazine said in a statement Wednesday.’
      • ‘An alternative point of comparison is Towe's ranking of accounting, finance and commerce departments over the period 1990 to 1994.’
      • ‘The third research question asked whether there was a relationship between status and ranking of traits.’
      • ‘What this appears to mean is that the new WPR system for pilot ranking has been accepted, but modified slightly.’
      • ‘That community may desire competitive ranking of scholarship rather than benchmarking of quality.’

adjective

  • 1in combination Having a specified rank in a hierarchy.

    ‘high-ranking army officers’
    • ‘The highest ranking officials of the US Government had approved the mission in advance.’
    • ‘Somewhere in the book I describe an event involving an infant who has been born to one of the lowest ranking females.’
    • ‘There is also sporadic news of high ranking al-Qaeda officials travelling in Iran, seeming to be causally connected to terror attacks in Iraq.’
    • ‘And so far only a few low ranking soldiers including Private England are up on charges for Iraqi abuse at Abu Ghraib.’
    • ‘This was the first time in seven years that the Thailand plant was visited by such high ranking officers from Emerson corporate headquarters.’
    • ‘Even the lowest ranking soldier could maintain a stable of miniscule steeds.’
    • ‘This new focus puts an emphasis on quality and freshness of content to help sites gain higher ranking position.’
    • ‘Britain's highest ranking Asian fire officer has been awarded the OBE for his services to equal opportunities.’
    • ‘Several have gone on to other cites in higher ranking responsibilities including Thomas Murphy who is now the Chief of Police in Garfield Heights.’
    • ‘Millions of visitors are expected to travel to China for the Olympics, including high ranking U. S. officials.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the second-highest ranking US general in Iraq said the key to reducing violence was to ensure that the government could revive the economy.’
    • ‘Yoneda, the second-highest ranking official at the Cabinet Office, is the first senior Japanese official to meet the Tibetan spiritual leader.’
    • ‘His own C Company then became involved in a bitter feud with the other companies, which led to high ranking leader John Smith being murdered.’
    • ‘Clark remains the highest ranking official to appear in a Canadian gay pride parade.’
    • ‘The President Pro Tempore serves as the second highest ranking officer within the Senate and chairs the Senate Oversight Committee.’
    • ‘But such impoverished play was not to be wondered at from the two lowest ranking teams in the Bank of Scotland Premierleague.’
    • ‘High ranking officers are almost all graduates of the academy.’
    • ‘Ten, twenty years ago a chief executive officer in an American company maybe made fifty to seventy times more than the lowest ranking employee in his firm.’
    • ‘However, unexpectedly, the highest ranking US diplomat did not come to make demands that Resolution 1559 be implemented.’
    • ‘The group consists of every woman officer in South Yorkshire Police from the rank of inspector to our highest ranking female officer, which at the moment is chief superintendent.’
    1. 1.1North American attributive Having a high rank.
      ‘I'm the ranking officer here’
      • ‘Mr. King and the others climbed out of the car and addressed the highest ranking officer.’
      • ‘I'd hate to have to kill one of my top ranking officers.’
      • ‘He burst into the room with a frantic look on his face, and found the nearest high ranking officer.’
      • ‘Imagine the fallout if they kill Bremer or a ranking officer.’
      • ‘We have no doubt that the instigators of Costello's murder still hold ranking positions within the Workers Party.’
      • ‘Many years as a ranking officer had given Jim the ability to spot hero worship, but the service was designed to prevent that from becoming a problem.’
      • ‘You guys are about to write a story that says the former attorney general, the highest ranking law enforcement officer in this country, is a crook.’
      • ‘Inside he was greeted by Admiral Hawkinson and several other high ranking officers that Jack knew of and was friendly towards.’
      • ‘He said a ranking police officer would head the committee.’
      • ‘Marty sits around clenching his fists repeatedly, checking his weapons and running around for higher ranking officers.’
      • ‘The ranking Democrat on the Armed Services Committee, Senator Carl Levin, joins me here next.’
      • ‘I recognised all of them as some of the higher ranking figures in the racing industry.’
      • ‘Questions should be directed to the ranking editors on duty.’
      • ‘Another place to contribute these articles is to the sites which are ranking ahead of you on your key search phrase.’
      • ‘Many of the high ranking officers take a course, to have a better understanding of their suspect, and victims.’
      • ‘Ranking Democrats say, to the contrary, they are not working with him on the big bond or his annual address.’
      • ‘The CIA briefed me only once on enhanced interrogation techniques in September 2002 in my capacity as ranking member of the Intelligence Committee.’
      • ‘And now, you've killed one of the highest ranking officers in his entire armada!’
      • ‘As soon as his polished black boots hit the floor, the highest ranking officer in sight shouted ‘Captain on deck!’’
      • ‘He is a ranking officer in the United States Air Force.’
      • ‘I talked to Senator Patrick Leahy, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, yesterday.’
      • ‘As ranking officer on the afternoon of 1 July 1863 at the Battle of Gettysburg, he briefly commanded all Federal forces on the field.’
      • ‘Titus and Owen, as the ranking officers, really had little choice.’
      • ‘From Washington, Senator John Warner, former secretary of the Navy and ranking member of the Armed Services Committee.’
      • ‘Snooker has received a major shot in the arm with the announcement of a new sponsorship deal for the game's second most important ranking event.’
      • ‘Marquis - A nobleman of England, ranking next below a duke.’
      • ‘Johnson was now the ranking officer and the responsibility was his to make sure the men made it home safely.’
      • ‘A ranking official sued sued the authors, accusing them of libel, in his home county court.’
      • ‘The former ranking member on the House International Relations Committee met with Foreign Minister Chen Chien-jen in a closed-door meeting prior to his departure yesterday.’
      • ‘The first ranking event of the season reminds us that snooker players don't get out a lot.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, some colleges seem more concerned with their own rankings than with fairly ranking applicants.’
      • ‘The lower ranking officer retaliates by slapping the foot solider next to him.’
      • ‘Young is the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee while Obey is the committee's ranking member.’
      • ‘By 1971, a ranking structure was adopted that standardized all the systems.’
      • ‘He's the ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee.’
      • ‘He's the ranking Democrat on the judicial committee, which will get a first crack at this nomination.’
      • ‘He doesn't take it out on her, he takes it out on the lower ranking officers!’
      • ‘Ramirez began the week leading file American League in home runs and ranking second in batting average and RBIs.’
      • ‘And my senior ranking officer ended up being my boss after I came home.’
      • ‘Why is it that we can't pick up the morning paper or listen to the news on the way to work without hearing about a new indictment of a top ranking officer?’
      leading, principal, premier, prime, elite, top, top-tier, top-level, first-rate, greatest, best, supreme, pre-eminent, major, most important, most prominent, most influential, most skilled, most illustrious, outstanding, notable, noteworthy, of note
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Pronunciation

ranking

/ˈraŋkɪŋ/