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verb ring pronunciation in British English /rɪŋ/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyring
he/she/itrings
present participleringing
past tenserang
past participlerung
  1. 1
    [transitive] to make a bell produce a sound

    He rang the doorbell.

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    1. a.
      [intransitive] if a bell rings, it produces a sound

      A bell rang and the children trooped back into the school.

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    2. b.
      [intransitive/transitive] to ring a bell as a signal for someone to come to you or to help you

      You rang, sir?

      ring for:

      Please ring for assistance.

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  2. 2
    [intransitive] to make a continuous loud high sound

    The cobblestones rang beneath the horses' feet.

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    1. a.
      literary if a place rings with a sound, it is full of a loud sound
      ring with:

      The room rang with his frightened cries.

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    2. b.
      if a sound rings in a place, it is loud and you can hear it clearly

      A great cheer rang through the hall.

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  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] British to call someone by telephone

    Ring me at home later.

    Sarah rang to say she couldn't come tonight.

    ring for:

    Why don't we just ring for a taxi?

    ring about:

    I'm ringing about the vacancy you advertised.

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    1. a.
      [intransitive] if a telephone rings, it makes a sound to show that someone is calling

      The phone rang again immediately.

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  4. 4
    [intransitive] if your ears ring, you continue to hear a loud sound in your head for a short time after you have heard a loud noise or someone has hit you

    The sound of the shot left Rory's ears ringing.

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  5. 5
    past tense ringed
    past participle ringed
    [transitive] to surround someone or something, especially in order to protect them or to prevent them from escaping

    Protesters carrying signs ringed the hotel.

    Ringed by soldiers for protection, he tried to address the crowd.

    1. a.
      to draw a circle around something, especially to show that you have chosen it or to make it easy to notice

      She ringed the date on the calendar in the kitchen.

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