- ring (past tense rang)
- ring1 (past tense rang [ ræŋ ] ; past participle rung [ rʌŋ ] ) verb ***1. ) transitive to make a bell produce a sound:He rang the doorbell.a ) intransitive if a bell rings, it produces a sound:A bell rang and the children trooped back into the school.b ) intransitive or transitive to ring a bell as a signal for someone to come to you or help you:ring for: Please ring for assistance.2. ) intransitive to make a continuous loud high sound:The cobblestones rang beneath the horses' feet.a ) ring with LITERARY if a place rings with a sound, it is full of a loud sound:The room rang with his frightened cries.b ) if a sound rings in a place, it is loud and you can hear it clearly:A great cheer rang through the hall.3. ) intransitive if your ears ring, you continue to hear a loud sound in your head for a short time after you have heard a loud noise or someone has hit you:The sound of the shot left Rory's ears ringing.a ) ring in your ears if something such as someone's words ring in your ears, you feel that you can still hear them after that person has stopped speaking:With his words ringing in her ears, she ran up the stairs.4. ) transitive to surround someone or something, especially in order to protect them or to prevent them from escaping:Protesters carrying signs ringed the embassy.Ringed by soldiers for protection, he tried to address the crowd.a ) to draw a circle around something, especially to show that you have chosen it or to make it easy to notice: CIRCLE:She ringed the date on the calendar in the kitchen.b ) MAINLY BRITISH to put a metal ring with a special number on it around the leg of a bird so that you can recognize it again later. American usually tagring a bell INFORMALsomething that rings a bell sounds familiar to you, although you cannot remember the exact details:The name rings a bell. Isn't he an architect?ring hollowto sound false or not sincere:The company's claim that it is innocent of any wrongdoing rings hollow.ring trueto sound true or sincere:It was a possible explanation, but it didn't quite ring true.,ring `in phrasal verbring in the New Yearto ring bells to celebrate the beginning of a new year,ring `out phrasal verb intransitive MAINLY LITERARYto produce a loud clear sound:Rob's laughter rang out in the large room.,ring `round or ,ring a`round phrasal verb intransitive or transitivering round/around someone/something to phone several people or corporations, etc. in order to arrange something or to get information,ring `up phrasal verb transitive1. ) to record an amount of money by pressing buttons on a CASH REGISTER:She rang up our purchases quickly and we left.2. ) to make or lose a particular amount of money in sales, profits, or losses in a period of time:The bank rang up about $600 million in losses on bad loans.ringring 2 [ rıŋ ] noun ***▸ 1 jewelry/circle▸ 2 bell sound▸ 3 in boxing/wrestling▸ 4 group doing activity▸ 5 quality▸ 6 sound of phone▸ + PHRASES1. ) count a piece of jewelry in the form of a circle that you wear on a finger:a gold ringring on: She had a ring on every finger.wedding ring: He's married but he doesn't wear a wedding ring.a ) an object in the shape of a circle:onion ringscurtain ringsb ) a line or shape that forms a ring:She had dark rings under her eyes from tiredness.c ) a group of people or things that form a ring: CIRCLE:ring of: He glanced around the ring of faces waiting for him to speak.in a ring (=arranged in the shape of the edge of a circle): They sat in a ring around the fire.d ) MAINLY BRITISH a flat circle heated by gas or electricity on the top of a STOVE=> ENGAGEMENT RING2. ) count the sound that a bell produces:He was interrupted by the ring of the timer bell.a ) count an act of making a bell produce a sound:Impatiently she gave the doorbell another ring.b ) singular a sound like a bell:The ring of his hammer echoed round the square.3. ) count a raised square area surrounded by ropes where people take part in BOXING or WRESTLINGa ) the ring the sport of BOXING or WRESTLING:Dempsey today announced his retirement from the ring.b ) an area surrounded by seats at a CIRCUS4. ) count a group of people involved in an activity, especially an illegal one:The officer was suspected of involvement in an international drug ring.5. ) singular a particular quality that something such as a statement seems to have:Her account has a ring of authenticity about it.have a ring of truth: His version of events had a ring of truth.have a familiar ring: This story may have a familiar ring to it.6. ) count a sound produced by a phone when someone calls youa ) give someone a ring BRITISH INFORMAL to phone someonerun rings around someone INFORMALto be much better at something than someone else:My kids run rings around me when it comes to using the Internet.
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.