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ring

noun uk   /rɪŋ/ us  

ring noun (CIRCLE)

B2 [C] a circle of any material, or any group of things or people in a circular shape or arrangement: The game involved throwing metal rings over a stick. The children sat in a ring around the teacher.Spherical, circular and annular objectsGeometrical shapesThings collected in lines or rings A2 [C] a circular piece of jewellery worn especially on your finger: He bought her a diamond/emerald, etc. ring (= a ring with a jewel attached to it).Jewellery [C] a group of people who help each other, often secretly and in a way that is to their advantage: a drug ring a spy ring
See also
Groups of people
[C] (US usually element) a circular piece of material often made of metal that can be heated in order to be used for cooking: a gas ring an electric ringKitchen appliances [C] a special area where people perform or compete: a boxing ring The horses trotted round the ring.
See also
Surfaces on which sports take place
rings [plural] two round handles at the ends of two long ropes that hang from the ceiling and are used in gymnasticsGymnastics

ring noun (PHONE)

A2 [S] mainly UK (US usually and UK also call) the act of making a phone call to someone: I'll give you a ring tomorrow.Communicating by telephone

ring noun (SOUND)

B2 [C] the sound a bell makes: There was a ring at the door. He gave a ring at the door.Sounds made by objects, movement or impact

ring

verb uk   /rɪŋ/ us  

ring verb (PHONE)

A2 [I or T] (rang, rung) mainly UK (US usually and UK also call) to make a phone call to someone: I ring home once a week to tell my parents I'm okay. There's been an accident - can you ring for an ambulance? The boss rang (in) to say he'll be back at 4.30.UK I rang round the airlines (= called many of them) to find out the cheapest price. Why don't you ring (up) Simon and ask him to the party?Communicating by telephoneCommunicating and keeping in touch

ring verb (MAKE SOUND)

B1 [I or T] (rang, rung) to (cause to) make the sound of a bell: The doorbell/phone rang. Anne's alarm clock rang for half an hour before she woke. I rang the bell but nobody came to the door. My head is/My ears are still ringing (= are full of a ringing noise) from the sound of the military band.Sounds made by objects, movement or impact

ring verb (CIRCLE)

[T] (ringed, ringed) to surround something: Armed police ringed the hijacked plane. The harbour is dangerous - it's ringed by/with rocks and reefs.Enclosing, surrounding and immersing UK [T] (ringed, ringed) to draw a circle round something: Students should ring the correct answers in pencil.Enclosing, surrounding and immersing [T] (ringed, ringed) to put a ring on something, especially an animal: We ringed the birds (= put rings around their legs) so that we could identify them later.Animal farming - general words
(Definition of ring from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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