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verb (past rang /raNG/; past participle rung /rəNG/)
1 [no object] make a clear resonant or vibrating sound:a shot rang out a bell rang loudly (as noun ringing)the ringing of fire alarms [with object] cause (a bell or alarm) to ring:he walked up to the door and rang the bell (of a telephone) produce a series of resonant or vibrating sounds to signal an incoming call:the phone rang again as I replaced it call for service or attention by sounding a bell:Ruth, will you ring for some tea? [with object] sound (the hour, a peal, etc.) on a bell or bells:a bell ringing the hour 2
) (of a place) resound or reverberate with (a sound or sounds):the room rang with laughter
(of a person’s ears) be filled with a continuous buzzing or humming sound, especially as the aftereffect of a blow or loud noise:he yelled so loudly that my eardrums rang
) be filled or permeated with (a particular quality):a clever retort which rang with contempt
[no object, with complement] convey a specified impression or quality:the author’s honesty rings true 3 [with object]
chiefly British call by telephone:I rang her this morning Harriet rang Dorothy up next day [no object]:I tried to ring, but the lines to Moscow were engaged
an act of causing a bell to sound, or the resonant sound caused by this:there was a ring at the door each of a series of resonant or vibrating sounds signaling an incoming telephone call. [in singular] informal a telephone call:I’d better give her a ring tomorrow [in singular] a loud clear sound or tone:the ring of sledgehammers on metal [in singular] a particular quality conveyed by something heard or expressed:the song had a curious ring of nostalgia to it a set of bells, especially church bells.
Do not confuse ring
. See wring.
The different forms of the verb are: (rings, ringing; the past tense is rang and the past participle is rung)