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ring

  1. [rɪ̱ŋ]

    TELEPHONING OR MAKING A SOUND

    ♦♦

    rings, ringing, rang, rung

    (Please look at category 11 to see if the expression you are looking for is shown under another headword.)

    1. VERB When you ring someone, you telephone them. [mainly BRIT]

      PHRASAL VERB

      • Ring up means the same as ring. V n P You can ring us up anytime... V P John rang up and invited himself over for dinner... V P about n A few months ago I rang up about some housing problems... V P n (not pron) Nobody rings up a doctor in the middle of the night for no reason. (in AM, usually use call)
    2. VERB When a telephone rings, it makes a sound to let you know that someone is phoning you.

      N-COUNT

      • Ring is also a noun. After at least eight rings, an ancient-sounding maid answered the phone.
    3. V-ERG When you ring a bell or when a bell rings, it makes a sound.

      N-COUNT

      • Ring is also a noun. There was a ring at the bell.
    4. VERB If you ring for something, you ring a bell to call someone to bring it to you. If you ring for someone, you ring a bell so that they will come to you.

    5. VERB If you say that a place is ringing with sound, usually pleasant sound, you mean that the place is completely filled with that sound. [LITERARY]

    6. N-SING: usu a adj N You can use the word ring to describe a quality that something such as a statement, discussion, or argument seems to have. For example, if an argument has a familiar ring, it seems familiar.

    7. PHRASE: V inflects If you say that someone rings the changes, you mean that they make changes or improvements to the way something is organized or done.

    8. PHRASE: V and N inflect If you say that someone's words ring in your ears or ring in your head, you mean that you remember them very clearly, usually when you would prefer to forget them. [LITERARY]

    9. PHRASE: V inflects If you give someone a ring, you phone them. [mainly BRIT, INFORMAL]

      (in AM, usually use call)

    10. PHRASE: V inflects If a statement rings true, it seems to be true or genuine. If it rings hollow, it does not seem to be true or genuine.

    11. to ring a bell see bell

  2. [rɪ̱ŋ]

    SHAPES AND GROUPS

    ♦♦♦

    rings, ringing, ringed

    1. N-COUNT A ring is a small circle of metal or other substance that you wear on your finger as jewellery.

    2. N-COUNT: usu with supp An object or substance that is in the shape of a circle can be described as a ring.

    3. N-COUNT: usu with supp A group of people or things arranged in a circle can be described as a ring.

    4. N-COUNT: usu supp N A gas or electric ring is one of the small flat areas on top of a stove which heat up and which you use for cooking. [mainly BRIT]

      (in AM, usually use burner)

    5. N-COUNT: usu with supp At a boxing or wrestling match or a circus, the ring is the place where the contest or performance takes place. It consists of an enclosed space with seats round it.

    6. N-COUNT: usu n N You can refer to an organized group of people who are involved in an illegal activity as a ring.

    7. VERB: usu passive If a building or place is ringed with or by something, it is surrounded by it.

    8. VERB If you ring a bird, you put a small metal ring around its leg so that you can identify it and study its movements and habits. [mainly BRIT]

      (in AM, usually use tag)

    9. PHRASE: V inflects If you say that someone runs rings round you or runs rings around you, you mean that they are a lot better or a lot more successful than you at a particular activity. [INFORMAL]

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Word forms

ring

verb
Basic forms
Pastrang, rung
Imperativering
Present Participle (Participle I)ringing
Past Participle (Participle II)rung
Present Indefinite, Active Voice
I ringwe ring
you ringyou ring
he/she/it ringsthey ring
Present Continuous, Active Voice
I am ringingwe are ringing
you are ringingyou are ringing
he/she/it is ringingthey are ringing
Present Perfect, Active Voice
I have rungwe have rung
you have rungyou have rung
he/she/it has rungthey have rung
Present Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I have been ringingwe have been ringing
you have been ringingyou have been ringing
he/she/it has been ringingthey have been ringing
Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I rang, rungwe rang, rung
you rang, rungyou rang, rung
he/she/it rang, rungthey rang, rung
Past Continuous, Active Voice
I was ringingwe were ringing
you were ringingyou were ringing
he/she/it was ringingthey were ringing
Past Perfect, Active Voice
I had rungwe had rung
you had rungyou had rung
he/she/it had rungthey had rung
Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I had been ringingwe had been ringing
you had been ringingyou had been ringing
he/she/it had been ringingthey had been ringing
Future Indefinite, Active Voice
I shall/will ringwe shall/will ring
you will ringyou will ring
he/she/it will ringthey will ring
Future Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will be ringingwe shall/will be ringing
you will be ringingyou will be ringing
he/she/it will be ringingthey will be ringing
Future Perfect, Active Voice
I shall/will have rungwe shall/will have rung
you will have rungyou will have rung
he/she/it will have rungthey will have rung
Future Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will have been ringingwe shall/will have been ringing
you will have been ringingyou will have been ringing
he/she/it will have been ringingthey will have been ringing
Future in the Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I should/would ringwe should/would ring
you would ringyou would ring
he/she/it would ringthey would ring
Future in the Past Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would be ringingwe should/would be ringing
you would be ringingyou would be ringing
he/she/it would be ringingthey would be ringing
Future in the Past Perfect, Active Voice
I should/would have rungwe should/would have rung
you would have rungyou would have rung
he/she/it would have rungthey would have rung
Future in the Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would have been ringingwe should/would have been ringing
you would have been ringingyou would have been ringing
he/she/it would have been ringingthey would have been ringing
Present Indefinite, Passive Voice
I am rungwe are rung
you are rungyou are rung
he/she/it is rungthey are rung
Present Continuous, Passive Voice
I am being rungwe are being rung
you are being rungyou are being rung
he/she/it is being rungthey are being rung
Present Perfect, Passive Voice
I have been rungwe have been rung
you have been rungyou have been rung
he/she/it has been rungthey have been rung
Past Indefinite, Passive Voice
I was rungwe were rung
you were rungyou were rung
he/she/it was rungthey were rung
Past Continuous, Passive Voice
I was being rungwe were being rung
you were being rungyou were being rung
he/she/it was being rungthey were being rung
Past Perfect, Passive Voice
I had been rungwe had been rung
you had been rungyou had been rung
he/she/it had been rungthey had been rung
Future Indefinite, Passive Voice
I shall/will be rungwe shall/will be rung
you will be rungyou will be rung
he/she/it will be rungthey will be rung
Future Perfect, Passive Voice
I shall/will have been rungwe shall/will have been rung
you will have been rungyou will have been rung
he/she/it will have been rungthey will have been rung

ring

noun
SingularPlural
Common caseringrings
Possessive casering'srings'

ring

verb
Basic forms
Pastringed
Imperativering
Present Participle (Participle I)ringing
Past Participle (Participle II)ringed
Present Indefinite, Active Voice
I ringwe ring
you ringyou ring
he/she/it ringsthey ring
Present Continuous, Active Voice
I am ringingwe are ringing
you are ringingyou are ringing
he/she/it is ringingthey are ringing
Present Perfect, Active Voice
I have ringedwe have ringed
you have ringedyou have ringed
he/she/it has ringedthey have ringed
Present Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I have been ringingwe have been ringing
you have been ringingyou have been ringing
he/she/it has been ringingthey have been ringing
Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I ringedwe ringed
you ringedyou ringed
he/she/it ringedthey ringed
Past Continuous, Active Voice
I was ringingwe were ringing
you were ringingyou were ringing
he/she/it was ringingthey were ringing
Past Perfect, Active Voice
I had ringedwe had ringed
you had ringedyou had ringed
he/she/it had ringedthey had ringed
Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I had been ringingwe had been ringing
you had been ringingyou had been ringing
he/she/it had been ringingthey had been ringing
Future Indefinite, Active Voice
I shall/will ringwe shall/will ring
you will ringyou will ring
he/she/it will ringthey will ring
Future Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will be ringingwe shall/will be ringing
you will be ringingyou will be ringing
he/she/it will be ringingthey will be ringing
Future Perfect, Active Voice
I shall/will have ringedwe shall/will have ringed
you will have ringedyou will have ringed
he/she/it will have ringedthey will have ringed
Future Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will have been ringingwe shall/will have been ringing
you will have been ringingyou will have been ringing
he/she/it will have been ringingthey will have been ringing
Future in the Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I should/would ringwe should/would ring
you would ringyou would ring
he/she/it would ringthey would ring
Future in the Past Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would be ringingwe should/would be ringing
you would be ringingyou would be ringing
he/she/it would be ringingthey would be ringing
Future in the Past Perfect, Active Voice
I should/would have ringedwe should/would have ringed
you would have ringedyou would have ringed
he/she/it would have ringedthey would have ringed
Future in the Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would have been ringingwe should/would have been ringing
you would have been ringingyou would have been ringing
he/she/it would have been ringingthey would have been ringing
Present Indefinite, Passive Voice
I am ringedwe are ringed
you are ringedyou are ringed
he/she/it is ringedthey are ringed
Present Continuous, Passive Voice
I am being ringedwe are being ringed
you are being ringedyou are being ringed
he/she/it is being ringedthey are being ringed
Present Perfect, Passive Voice
I have been ringedwe have been ringed
you have been ringedyou have been ringed
he/she/it has been ringedthey have been ringed
Past Indefinite, Passive Voice
I was ringedwe were ringed
you were ringedyou were ringed
he/she/it was ringedthey were ringed
Past Continuous, Passive Voice
I was being ringedwe were being ringed
you were being ringedyou were being ringed
he/she/it was being ringedthey were being ringed
Past Perfect, Passive Voice
I had been ringedwe had been ringed
you had been ringedyou had been ringed
he/she/it had been ringedthey had been ringed
Future Indefinite, Passive Voice
I shall/will be ringedwe shall/will be ringed
you will be ringedyou will be ringed
he/she/it will be ringedthey will be ringed
Future Perfect, Passive Voice
I shall/will have been ringedwe shall/will have been ringed
you will have been ringedyou will have been ringed
he/she/it will have been ringedthey will have been ringed