Meaning of RING in English

RING

I. TELEPHONING OR MAKING A SOUND

/rɪŋ/

( rings, ringing, rang, rung)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.

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1.

When you ring someone, you telephone them. ( mainly BRIT )

He rang me at my mother’s...

I would ring when I got back to the hotel...

She has rung home just once...

Could someone ring for a taxi?

= phone

VERB : V n , V , V adv , V for n

Ring up means the same as ring . ( in AM, usually use call )

You can ring us up anytime...

John rang up and invited himself over for dinner...

A few months ago I rang up about some housing problems...

Nobody rings up a doctor in the middle of the night for no reason.

PHRASAL VERB : V n P , V P , V P about n , V P n (not pron)

2.

When a telephone rings , it makes a sound to let you know that someone is phoning you.

As soon as he got home, the phone rang...

VERB : V

Ring is also a noun.

After at least eight rings, an ancient-sounding maid answered the phone.

N-COUNT

• ring‧ing

She was jolted out of her sleep by the ringing of the telephone.

N-UNCOUNT

3.

When you ring a bell or when a bell rings , it makes a sound.

He heard the school bell ring...

The door was opened before she could ring the bell.

VERB : V , V n

Ring is also a noun.

There was a ring at the bell.

N-COUNT

• ring‧ing

...the ringing of church bells.

N-UNCOUNT

4.

If you ring for something, you ring a bell to call someone to bring it to you. If you ring for someone, you ring a bell so that they will come to you.

Shall I ring for a fresh pot of tea?...

VERB : V for n

5.

If you say that a place is ringing with sound, usually pleasant sound, you mean that the place is completely filled with that sound. ( LITERARY )

The whole place was ringing with music.

VERB : V with n

6.

You can use ring to describe a quality that something such as a statement, discussion, or argument seems to have. For example, if an argument has a familiar ring , it seems familiar.

His proud boast of leading ‘the party of low taxation’ has a hollow ring.

= feel

N-SING : usu a adj N

7.

If you say that someone rings the changes , you mean that they make changes or improvements to the way something is organized or done.

Ring the changes by adding spices, dried fruit or olives.

PHRASE : V inflects

8.

If you say that someone’s words ring in your ears or ring in your head , you mean that you remember them very clearly, usually when you would prefer to forget them. ( LITERARY )

She shivered as the sound of that man’s abuse rang in her ears.

PHRASE : V and N inflect

9.

If you give someone a ring , you phone them. ( mainly BRIT INFORMAL; in AM, usually use call )

We’ll give him a ring as soon as we get back.

PHRASE : V inflects

10.

If a statement rings true , it seems to be true or genuine. If it rings hollow , it does not seem to be true or genuine.

Joanna’s denial rang true...

The rumpus has made all the optimistic statements about unity and harmony ring a little hollow.

PHRASE : V inflects

11.

to ring a bell: see bell

see also ringing

II. SHAPES AND GROUPS

/rɪŋ/

( rings, ringing, ringed)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.

1.

A ring is a small circle of metal or other substance that you wear on your finger as jewellery.

...a gold wedding ring.

N-COUNT

2.

An object or substance that is in the shape of a circle can be described as a ring .

Frank took a large ring of keys from his pocket.

...a ring of blue smoke.

N-COUNT : usu with supp

3.

A group of people or things arranged in a circle can be described as a ring .

They then formed a ring around the square.

= circle

N-COUNT : usu with supp

4.

A gas or electric ring is one of the small flat areas on top of a stove which heat up and which you use for cooking. ( mainly BRIT; in AM, usually use burner )

N-COUNT : usu supp N

5.

At a boxing or wrestling match or a circus, the ring is the place where the contest or performance takes place. It consists of an enclosed space with seats round it.

He will never again be allowed inside a British boxing ring.

N-COUNT : usu with supp

6.

You can refer to an organized group of people who are involved in an illegal activity as a ring .

Police are investigating the suspected drug ring at the school.

N-COUNT : usu n N

7.

If a building or place is ringed with or by something, it is surrounded by it.

The areas are sealed off and ringed by troops.

VERB : usu passive , be V-ed

8.

If you say that someone runs rings round you or runs rings around you, you mean that they are a lot better or a lot more successful than you at a particular activity. ( INFORMAL )

Mentally, he can still run rings round men half his age!

PHRASE : V inflects

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