Whether you be a RANK amateur...

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nyota

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Whether you be a rank amateur or an established entrepreneur, I hope you will find something of value in these pages.

Does rank function here as an adjective or is it used in the sense of if your 'rank' is - amateur = if you are an amateur?
One of the meanings of rank as an adjective I found reads too luxuriant but I feel it doesn't fit in the context too well. Any clarifications? Thanks.
 

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See meaning 3 below.

rank /ræŋk/adj
  • showing vigorous and profuse growth: rank weeds
  • highly offensive or disagreeable, esp in smell or taste
  • (prenominal) complete or absolute; utter: a rank outsider
  • coarse or vulgar; gross: his language was rank
(Collins)
 
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