Definition of ranking in US English:

ranking

noun

  • 1A position in a scale of achievement or status; a classification.

    ‘his number-one world ranking’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He's ranked 13, but for six consecutive years he was untouchable at the top of the rankings.’
    • ‘Small is currently ranked 37 in the world, a grim reminder of just how far he has slipped down the rankings.’
    • ‘Mauresmo is projected to equal her career-best ranking of fourth.’
    • ‘Victory at the Deutsche Bank championship lifts Singh to number one in the world rankings.’
    • ‘Why else would he point to the Macleans rankings which I posted on a few days ago?’
    • ‘At his peak, he was ranked fourth in the British rankings for the 5,000 metres.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Further reform will tighten the rankings given to schools by inspectors.’
    • ‘Despite his gradual ascent up the World Cup rankings, his lifestyle has remained far from glamorous.’
    • ‘But since tennis became truly global, it has been reflected in the world rankings.’
    • ‘With descent in the rankings comes the withdrawal of privileges, such as the exemptions for the majors.’
    • ‘As variation in performance evaluation increases, so does the impact on the student's final ranking.’
    • ‘The surveys from other websites at various times may not have the same 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.’
    • ‘Indeed, so far as the Masters is concerned, the rankings appear to be essentially meaningless.’
    • ‘I try not to think about the rankings but you can't help it because everyone keeps talking about them.’
    • ‘He is hoping to improve on these rankings this season and, if all goes to plan, break into the top 500.’
    hierarchy, ladder, pecking order, order, spectrum, progression, succession, sequence, series
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    1. 1.1 The action or process of giving a specified rank or place within a grading system.
      ‘the ranking of students’
      • ‘The third research question asked whether there was a relationship between status and ranking of traits.’
      • ‘Where does the Myrtles rank in the ranking of haunted places in the US?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The natural desire for social ranking is satisfied by a hierarchy of authority and recognition that honors people for their public service.’
      • ‘I can't off-hand think of any non-competitive system that can establish this, since the act of ranking is competitive in itself.’
      • ‘For more details on how the industry is reshaping, refer to DF's 2002 ranking of dairy processors.’
      • ‘An alternative point of comparison is Towe's ranking of accounting, finance and commerce departments over the period 1990 to 1994.’
      • ‘What this appears to mean is that the new WPR system for pilot ranking has been accepted, but modified slightly.’
      • ‘It is important to note that the pre-qualification process for the Queensway-Carleton Hospital Project did not involve ranking of the successful contractors.’
      • ‘The distinction between ranking and classification is an important one, even if it is lost on many in higher education.’
      • ‘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 any ranking of political systems over the last hundred years or so Australia would have to be very close to the top.’
      • ‘The U.S. is first in this year's ranking of the world's most competitive economies.’
      • ‘Isn't there some official ranking of economics departments?’
      • ‘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 patterns for other health authority performance indicators are similar, and the magnitude and direction of the errors in ranking may be systematic.’

adjective

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

    ‘high-ranking army officers’
    • ‘However, unexpectedly, the highest ranking US diplomat did not come to make demands that Resolution 1559 be implemented.’
    • ‘But such impoverished play was not to be wondered at from the two lowest ranking teams in the Bank of Scotland Premierleague.’
    • ‘Several have gone on to other cites in higher ranking responsibilities including Thomas Murphy who is now the Chief of Police in Garfield Heights.’
    • ‘There is also sporadic news of high ranking al-Qaeda officials travelling in Iran, seeming to be causally connected to terror attacks in Iraq.’
    • ‘High ranking officers are almost all graduates of the academy.’
    • ‘And so far only a few low ranking soldiers including Private England are up on charges for Iraqi abuse at Abu Ghraib.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This was the first time in seven years that the Thailand plant was visited by such high ranking officers from Emerson corporate headquarters.’
    • ‘The highest ranking officials of the US Government had approved the mission in advance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Clark remains the highest ranking official to appear in a Canadian gay pride parade.’
    • ‘Millions of visitors are expected to travel to China for the Olympics, including high ranking U. S. officials.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This new focus puts an emphasis on quality and freshness of content to help sites gain higher ranking position.’
    • ‘Even the lowest ranking soldier could maintain a stable of miniscule steeds.’
    • ‘Britain's highest ranking Asian fire officer has been awarded the OBE for his services to equal opportunities.’
    • ‘The President Pro Tempore serves as the second highest ranking officer within the Senate and chairs the Senate Oversight Committee.’
    • ‘Somewhere in the book I describe an event involving an infant who has been born to one of the lowest ranking females.’
    • ‘Yoneda, the second-highest ranking official at the Cabinet Office, is the first senior Japanese official to meet the Tibetan spiritual leader.’
    1. 1.1North American attributive Having a high rank.
      ‘two ranking PLO figures’
      • ‘And now, you've killed one of the highest ranking officers in his entire armada!’
      • ‘Titus and Owen, as the ranking officers, really had little choice.’
      • ‘As ranking officer on the afternoon of 1 July 1863 at the Battle of Gettysburg, he briefly commanded all Federal forces on the field.’
      • ‘Marty sits around clenching his fists repeatedly, checking his weapons and running around for higher ranking officers.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, some colleges seem more concerned with their own rankings than with fairly ranking applicants.’
      • ‘As soon as his polished black boots hit the floor, the highest ranking officer in sight shouted ‘Captain on deck!’’
      • ‘Ranking Democrats say, to the contrary, they are not working with him on the big bond or his annual address.’
      • ‘He said a ranking police officer would head the committee.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He's the ranking Democrat on the judicial committee, which will get a first crack at this nomination.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘The lower ranking officer retaliates by slapping the foot solider next to him.’
      • ‘The CIA briefed me only once on enhanced interrogation techniques in September 2002 in my capacity as ranking member of the Intelligence Committee.’
      • ‘Imagine the fallout if they kill Bremer or a ranking officer.’
      • ‘From Washington, Senator John Warner, former secretary of the Navy and ranking member of the Armed Services Committee.’
      • ‘Mr. King and the others climbed out of the car and addressed the highest ranking officer.’
      • ‘I talked to Senator Patrick Leahy, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, yesterday.’
      • ‘Johnson was now the ranking officer and the responsibility was his to make sure the men made it home safely.’
      • ‘And my senior ranking officer ended up being my boss after I came home.’
      • ‘Another place to contribute these articles is to the sites which are ranking ahead of you on your key search phrase.’
      • ‘Marquis - A nobleman of England, ranking next below a duke.’
      • ‘A ranking official sued sued the authors, accusing them of libel, in his home county court.’
      • ‘He burst into the room with a frantic look on his face, and found the nearest high ranking officer.’
      • ‘He is a ranking officer in the United States Air Force.’
      • ‘Young is the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee while Obey is the committee's ranking member.’
      • ‘The ranking Democrat on the Armed Services Committee, Senator Carl Levin, joins me here next.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We have no doubt that the instigators of Costello's murder still hold ranking positions within the Workers Party.’
      • ‘Inside he was greeted by Admiral Hawkinson and several other high ranking officers that Jack knew of and was friendly towards.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Ramirez began the week leading file American League in home runs and ranking second in batting average and RBIs.’
      • ‘He's the ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee.’
      • ‘Questions should be directed to the ranking editors on duty.’
      • ‘I'd hate to have to kill one of my top ranking officers.’
      • ‘I recognised all of them as some of the higher ranking figures in the racing industry.’
      • ‘The first ranking event of the season reminds us that snooker players don't get out a lot.’
      • ‘By 1971, a ranking structure was adopted that standardized all the systems.’
      • ‘Many of the high ranking officers take a course, to have a better understanding of their suspect, and victims.’
      • ‘He doesn't take it out on her, he takes it out on the lower ranking officers!’
      • ‘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.’
      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

/ˈraNGkiNG//ˈræŋkɪŋ/