Ring - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |rɪŋ|  American pronunciation of the word ring
Brit.  |rɪŋ|  British pronunciation of the word ring
irregular verb:  p.t. — rang  p.p. — rung


- a characteristic sound
- a toroidal shape(syn: annulus, doughnut, halo)
- a rigid circular band of metal or wood or other material used for holding or fastening or hanging or pulling (syn: hoop)
- (chemistry) a chain of atoms in a molecule that forms a closed loop
- an association of criminals (syn: gang, mob, pack)
- the sound of a bell ringing(syn: ringing, tintinnabulation)
- a platform usually marked off by ropes in which contestants box or wrestle
- jewelry consisting of a circlet of precious metal (often set with jewels) worn on the finger(syn: band)
- a strip of material attached to the leg of a bird to identify it (as in studies of bird migration) (syn: band)


- sound loudly and sonorously (syn: peal)
- ring or echo with sound (syn: echo, resound, reverberate)
- make (bells) ring, often for the purposes of musical edification(syn: knell)
- get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone (syn: call, phone, telephone)
- extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle (syn: border, environ, skirt, surround)
- attach a ring to the foot of, in order to identify(syn: band)


He ended his ring career.

The city is ringed about / round with hills.

The police immediately ringed the building.

Our efforts are ringed around with difficulties.

To an English reader it rings false.

His story rings true.

He declared that he was telling the truth, but his words rang hollow.

The air rang with shouts.

The children's laughter was still ringing in my ears.

I'll ring you later.

John's not in, ring back after six.

My ears rang with unusual sounds.

A ring at the bell called him downstairs.

There was a false ring to his words.

It has the ring of truth about it.

Phrasal verbs

ring out  — sound loudly
ring up  — to perform and record a sale on a cash register

Word forms

I/you/we/they: ring
he/she/it: rings
present participle: ringing
past tense: rang
past participle: rung
singular: ring
plural: rings
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