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ring

noun  /rɪŋ/ us  

ring noun (CIRCLE)

[C] a circular piece, esp. of jewelry worn on a finger: a gold wedding ring [C] A ring is also any group of things or people in a circular shape or arrangement: a key ring A ring of people joined hands in the dance. earth science [C] A ring is also the small pieces of matter that circle around a planet.

ring noun (SPACE)

a space where people perform or compete that is separated from, and usually at the center of, the space where people can watch the event: a boxing ring a one-ring/three-ring circus

ring noun (GROUP)

[C] a group of people who work together, often secretly in criminal activities: a spy ring

ring noun (SOUND)

[C usually sing] a telephone call: I’ll give Sophia a ring.

ring

verb  /rɪŋ/ us  

ring verb (SOUND)

[I/T] ( past tense rang  /ræŋ/, past participle rung  /rʌŋ/) to make a sound, esp. the sound made when metal is hit, or to cause a bell to make a sound: [I] The telephone rang. [T] I rang the doorbell but nobody answered. [I] My ears are ringing (= I hear a noise that is not really there).

ring verb (CIRCLE)

[T] to surround something: The island is ringed with rocks.
ringer
noun [C usually sing]  /ˈrɪŋ·ər/ us  
I turned the ringer off on my phone so I could get some sleep.
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