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verb ping pronunciation in British English /pɪŋ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlepinging
past tensepinged
past participlepinged
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to make a short high sound like the sound of a small bell
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  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to move quickly and suddenly with a short high sound
    He stretched, and one of his shirt buttons pinged across the room.
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  3. 4
    [transitive] informal to contact someone by phone or email
    Ping me – we’ll do lunch.
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