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

    He rang the doorbell.

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

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

    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.

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

    The cobblestones rang beneath the horses' feet.

    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.

  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.

  4. 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.

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