›[I or T](UK alsoring up)COMMUNICATIONSto call someone on the phone: If he's out of the office, ring his mobile.I rang a few stockbrokers to see what they would recommend.When someone rings up, we can make provisional approval for a loan within five minutes.ring (sb) about/for sthThe price of insurance can depend on when you ring for a quote. → See alsocallverb
›[I]COMMUNICATIONSif a phone rings, it makes a sound because someone is calling: The phone was ringing.My phone didn't ring all morning.
ring the (cash) register(also(cash) registers are ringing)›used to describe a situation in which there are a lot of sales or a big profit is being made: Consumers are ringing cash registers at a steady pace, incomes are on the rise, and exports are rocketing.Cash registers were ringing across the nation over the Christmas period.
ring off the hookUS›COMMUNICATIONSif a phone is ringing off the hook, it rings a lot of times: His phone has been ringing off the hook with calls from people who want him to do work for them.