Meaning of “ring” in the English Dictionary

"ring" in English

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uk /rɪŋ/ us /rɪŋ/

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.

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).

[ 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
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[ 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 ring

[ C ] a special area where people perform or compete:

a boxing ring
The horses trotted round the ring.
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rings [ plural ]

two round handles at the ends of two long ropes that hang from the ceiling and are used in gymnastics

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ring noun (SOUND)

B2 [ C ] the sound a bell makes:

There was a ring at the door.
He gave a ring at the door.


uk /rɪŋ/ us /rɪŋ/

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?

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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.

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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.

UK [ T ] ringed, ringed to draw a circle around something:

Students should ring the correct answers in pencil.

[ 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.

(Definition of “ring” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ring" in American English

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us /rɪŋ/

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.


us /rɪŋ/

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.
noun [ C usually sing ] us /ˈrɪŋ·ər/

I turned the ringer off on my phone so I could get some sleep.

(Definition of “ring” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"ring" in Business English

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uk /rɪŋ/ us rang, rung

[ I or T ] UK also ring up COMMUNICATIONS to 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 sth The price of insurance can depend on when you ring for a quote.
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[ I ] COMMUNICATIONS if 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 hook US

COMMUNICATIONS if 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.


uk /rɪŋ/ us

a group of people working together illegally:

STOCK MARKET the part of a stock exchange or commodity exchange (= place where oil, metal, grain, coffee, etc. are traded) where the buying and selling takes place:

Some commodity markets still have a trading floor or ring.
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give sb a ring UK informal

COMMUNICATIONS to call someone on the phone:

If we can be of any further assistance please give us a ring.

(Definition of “ring” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)