a) [intransitive always + adverb/preposition, not in progressive]
to have a particular position in a list of people or things that have been put in order of quality or importance
Today's match ranks as one of the most exciting games that these two have ever played.
We rank among the safest countries in the world.
rank with/alongside (=be of the same importance or quality)
Cuvier wanted to turn natural history into a science that would rank with physics and chemistry.
He ranked high among the pioneers of 20th century chemical technology.
2 [transitive] American English
to have a higher rank than someone else [= outrank]:
A general ranks a captain.
to arrange objects in a line or row:
There were several pairs of riding boots ranked neatly in the hall.