Definition of high-ranking in US English:

high-ranking

adjective

  • Having a senior or important position in a particular hierarchy.

    ‘a high-ranking government official’
    • ‘Some people insisted on the ` correct ' versions given by high ranking officials.’
    • ‘The French government decided to send several high-ranking members to the alternative social summit in Porto Alegre, Brazil instead of New York.’
    • ‘The court martial highlighted confusion among high-ranking military officers about whether conditioning was lawful or not.’
    • ‘This included cubs belonging to high-ranking females, who were presumably well nourished at the time of their mother's death.’
    • ‘We know that a lot of them have been in the north where the Kurds are, but we don't know how high-ranking they are.’
    • ‘Had she won Williams would have risen to a world career high ranking of third.’
    • ‘Collaborative work received the highest ranking by the survey respondents.’
    • ‘The first session was attended by U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney and other high-ranking foreign delegates amid tight security.’
    • ‘I imagine that goes for several other high ranking officials as well.’
    • ‘Iran's foreign minister says he's optimistic about tomorrow's sit-down with the State Department's third highest ranking diplomat William Burns.’
    • ‘Several of the prime suspects, accused by human rights groups of masterminding the violence, are high-ranking government ministers.’
    • ‘Community leaders have praised Davis for trying to instill more confidence by replacing several high-ranking officials.’
    • ‘Another school, for higher ranking officers, ran from 3 to 6 months.’
    • ‘Mr. Rafsanjani traveled over the weekend to the northeastern city of Mashad to discuss the postelection political crisis with high-ranking Shiite clerics.’
    • ‘The following year, it was hit by a corruption scandal involving illegal payments to Kohl and high-ranking party officials.’
    • ‘Even at her vice presidential level, Lindsey invited the highest ranking woman at Northern Trust for coffee and discovered they had mutual interests.’
    • ‘I suspect there was only a very small number of high-ranking sources in Iraq.’
    • ‘Comments quoted in our publication by a high-ranking police officer a couple of weeks ago made me stop and think.’
    • ‘It may seem difficult, if not impossibly perverse, to justify the highest ranking for a record of solo contrabass improvisations.’
    • ‘They pushed them through "captive audience" meetings with high ranking BHP managers.’

Pronunciation

high-ranking

/ˌhīˈraNGkiNG//ˌhaɪˈræŋkɪŋ/