1. the people who belong to a group or organization
⇒ The General Assembly welcomed five new members to its ranks., ⇒ There was trouble within the ranks of the media too., ⇒ he soon joined the ranks of the unemployed
2. military the ordinary members of an organization, esp the armed forces
⇒ Top military leaders say there have been reports of demoralization in the ranks., ⇒ a senior officer who had risen from the ranks, ⇒ Most store managers worked their way up through the ranks.
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