ringring2 /rɪŋ/ ●●● S1 W2 verb (past tense rang /ræŋ/, past participle rung /rʌŋ/) 1 bell a) [intransitive, transitive]CSOUND to make a bell make a sound, especially to call someone’s attention to you or to call someone to help you I rang the doorbell but no one came.ring for The sign said, ‘Ring for service’. Instead of ringing for the maid, she made the tea herself. b) [intransitive]SOUND if a bell rings, it makes a noise The bell rang for the end of break.2 telephone a) [intransitive, transitive] British English to make a telephone call to someone syn call, phone I was going to ring you but I don’t have your number.ring for Sally rang for a taxi. b) [intransitive]TCT if a telephone rings, it makes a sound to show that someone is telephoning you The phone hasn’t stopped ringing all day.► see thesaurus at phone3 sounds [intransitive] a) CHBHif your ears ring, they make a continuous sound that only you can hear, after you have been somewhere very noisy or heard a loud sound The explosion made our ears ring. b) literaryCSOUND if a place rings with a sound, it is full of that soundring with The whole room rang with their laughter.4 → ring a bell5 → not ring true6 → ring the changes7 → ring hollow8 → ring in your earsGrammarRing belongs to a group of verbs where the same noun can be the subject of the verb or its object. • You can say: The teacher rang the bell. In this sentence, ‘the bell’ is the object of ring.• You can say: The bell rang. In this sentence, ‘the bell’ is the subject of ring. → ring (somebody) back → ring in → ring off → ring out → ring round (somebody) → ring up→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusring• Around midnight, the phone rang.• He was so loud my ears rang.• I wondered when you were going to ring.• All the students were out of their seats as soon as the bell rang.• At that moment, the door bell rang.• She was about to go out when the phone rang.• The phone's ringing.• If you tap something made of good glass, it should keep ringing for quite a long time.• A burglar alarm was ringing further along the road.• My ears were still ringing hours after the concert.• The phone rang in the kitchen.• The telephone would ring less frequently, although the girls might be more frequently on the telephone.• Thousands of protesters ringed the embassy.• We heard them ringing the temple bell.• I have rung the world from these boxes and feel a great affection and gratitude towards them.• Her eyes were ringed with heavy black liner.• The cathedral rang with the amazing voices of the choir.ring for• Roberts walked across the lobby and rang for the elevator.