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rank above (someone or something)

1. To have a higher rank or position than someone in a business, government, or military hierarchy. Well, I technically rank above Sarah, but we operate more like equals in the office. He ranks above you, so you'd better do what he says.
2. To be considered more valuable, significant, or important than another person, thing, or group of people or things. I believe preserving the wellbeing of our fellow citizens ranks above trying to maximize the profits of corporations. Although he is largely written off by music aficionados, he still ranks above nearly every other singer on the billboards every time he releases a new album.
3. To consider someone or something to be more valuable, significant, or important than another person, thing, or group of people or things. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "rank" and "above." I wouldn't rank it above her other work, but it's still a very well-written piece of literature. We rank Sarah above any other lawyers in the city, so we have full confidence in her ability to handle this case on her own.
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rank above someone

to outrank someone; to rank higher than someone. I think that I rank above you, so I will sit by the window. The boss ranks above everyone and demands that everyone recognize the fact.
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He is not the clerk, he is not the landlord; he ranks above the clerk, and represents the landlord, who is seldom seen.
Which four-letter word, beginning with "E", is the title of an English nobleman who ranks above a Viscount?
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With over 30,000 units of the 911 sold, the sports car icon also ranks above the figures for the previous year.
In this year's QS table, Cardiff ranks above University College Dublin, Korea University and University of Cape Town and fares very well in comparative academic reputation and teaching quality.
You will enjoy the area and have a Restaurant that ranks above the competition in location, history and of course the food.
And the 25-year-old said that for him the Olympics ranks above the four grand slams in prestige.
He moved up from 15th position last year and now ranks above entrepreneur Sir Philip Green and the Duke of Cambridge.
McLaren are aiming to take on the forthcoming Ferrari 458 and Lamborghini Gallardo with this car, although they maintain it boasts technology that ranks above even these hallowed supercars.
6 : a group of related living things (as plants or animals) that ranks above the order and below the phylum or division in scientific classification <Birds and mammals form two separate classes in the animal kingdom.>
Housed at Indiana University and administered annually at a cost to each college of as little as $1.50 per student surveyed, NSSE not only shows colleges how well they're performing but how they stack up against the competition--for instance, whether their school ranks above or below average among peer institutions for faculty providing prompt feedback to students about their work.
With an overall vacancy of 14.1% and direct class A rental rates holding steady around $37.00 per square foot, the Boston downtown outlook ranks above both Washington, D.C.
Among Latin American countries the DR only ranks above Guyana (93), El Salvador (85), Bolivia (104), Nicaragua (106), Honduras (107), Guatemala (108) and Haiti (134) in the world poverty index of 162 countries.
A survey released today reveals lack of time now ranks above cancer and heart disease as the biggest threat to women's lives.