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American English: /rɪŋ/
British English: /rɪŋ/


  • 1 1.1 (on finger)
    (for nose, ear) aro (masculine)
    diamond ring
    anillo or sortija de brillantes or diamantes
    Example sentences
    • The diamond ring and the wedding band Nikolas placed on my finger six months ago blinds me as it catches the sun's rays.
    • There are four branches of the collection of individually-crafted earrings, bracelets, necklaces, rings and brooches.
    • She was festooned with bangles, rings, necklaces, earrings and jewellery.
    Example sentences
    • Suppose you have a rubber band, an apple and a ring doughnut.
    • John and Vanessa passed on the burgers (they said that they were vegetarians) and munched on some onion rings.
    • We stopped at this Denny's and I ordered a huge cheeseburger, fries, onion rings, and a huge vanilla shake.
    1.2 (circular object) the bull had a ring through its nose
    el toro tenía un aro en la nariz or una nariguera
    he had a ring in his ear
    tenía un aro en la oreja
    a curtain ring
    una argolla or anilla
    there was a ring around the pigeon's foot
    la paloma tenía una anilla en la pata
    1.3 (circular shape) to stand in a ring
    hacer un corro
    formar un círculo
    (growth) ring (Botany) a dirty ring around the bathtub
    un cerco de suciedad or de mugre en la bañera
    the rings of Saturn
    los anillos de Saturno
    she put a ring around the date/advertisement
    marcó con un círculo la fecha/el anuncio
    to have rings around one's eyes
    tener ojeras
    to run rings around something/somebody
    darle mil vueltas a algo/alguien
    darle sopas con honda(s) a algo/alguien (Spain) [colloquial]
    bailarse algo/a alguien (Colombia) [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • Behind these rings of trees are yet more grassy fields, some wild and overgrown, others kept trim and tidy.
    • The guests form a ring enclosing the bride, Ona, and men dance with her.
    • It was almost possible to see the location of the Palace, at the centre of concentric rings of islands.
    1.4 (burner) (British)
    quemador (masculine)
    hornilla (feminine) (Latin America excluding Southern Cone)
    hornillo (masculine) (Spain)
    hornalla (feminine) (Río de la Plata)
    Example sentences
    • A higher-wattage gas ring is designed to handle the shape and heat demands of a convex shaped wok with ease.
    • Each table has its own gas ring, and you cook the beef as you need it, then dip the paper-thin slices in chilli or sesame sauce.
  • 2 2.1 (in boxing, wrestling) to throw or toss one's cap or hat into the ring
    echarse or lanzarse al ruedo
    entrar en liga
    my hat is in the ring
    estoy en la contienda
    Example sentences
    • The final bout in the boxing ring is genuinely exciting, although the evening seems to tail off, lacking a real ending.
    • Perhaps another tragedy but created not in the flashpoint of the boxing ring but over a phenomenal career was that of Muhammad Ali.
    • The sand was abruptly gone, and he faced the Hulk across a boxing ring, in the gym where a kid with a zip gun once tried to kill Jack McGee.
    2.2 (in circus)
    Example sentences
    • The darkness around the arena made it hard for spectators to see the ring.
    • The audience were seated in rows of benches surrounding the ring.
    • Then I picked up my sword, which I had rested on the fence surrounding the ring.
    also: bull ring
    2.4 (at race course) (in UK)
    recinto (masculine) para apuestas
    2.5 (in livestock market)
    corral (masculine) de exposición
  • 3 3.1 (of criminals) vice/drug ring
    red de corrupción/de narcotráfico
    spy ring
    red de espionaje
    Example sentences
    • There was always some sort of gang fights or drug rings or brothels around here.
    • It's a high place of crime, drug rings, and prostitution due to the obvious lack of law enforcement.
    • At first they don't get along, but in the course of investigating a murder, they uncover a drug ring… and a friendship.
    3.2 (Business)

transitive verb past tense & past participle ringed

  • 1 (surround)
    Example sentences
    • Police had ringed the theater with Metro buses touching bumper to bumper.
    • Eight fortified guard towers ringed the eight-sided central keep, lining its periphery like the spindly legs of a gigantic spider.
    • ‘It's just over there,’ Mari said as she came over, pointing to a building down the street, ringed in by a chain link fence.
  • 2 (with pen, pencil)
    marcar con un círculo
    encerrar en un círculo
    Example sentences
    • Ring the correct answer below.
  • 3
    to ring a bull
    ponerle un aro en el hocico a un toro
    ponerle una nariguera a un toro
    Example sentences
    • Once you have ringed the bird you write down the ring number, the species of bird, age, sex, date, time, wing length and weight.
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ring 2

American English: /rɪŋ/
British English: /rɪŋ/


  • 1 countable (sound of bell)there was a ring at the door
    sonó el timbre de la puerta
    a loud ring was heard
    se oyó un timbrazo
  • 2 uncountable (sound, resonance) the ring of the smith's hammer
    el martilleo del herrero
    the ring of horses' hooves on cobbles
    el sonido de los cascos de los caballos en los adoquines
    his voice/the language has a harsh ring
    su voz/el idioma tiene un timbre áspero
    the name has a ring to it
    el nombre suena bien
    a name with a familiar ring to it
    un nombre muy conocido or que suena mucho
    a story with a ring of truth
    una historia verosímil
  • 3 countable (no plural) (British) (telephone call)to give somebody a ring
    llamar (por teléfono) a alguien
    telefonear a alguien
    darle or pegarle un telefonazo a alguien [colloquial]
    hablarle a alguien (Mexico)
  • 4 countable (set of bells)
    juego (masculine) de campanas

intransitive verb past tense rang past participle rung

  • 1 1.1 (make sound)
    (doorbell/telephone/alarm/alarm clock)
    Example sentences
    • Sirens split the night and from everywhere came the sound of people; her clear voice rang out above it all as she sang the words from a song Jag knew very well.
    • At the start of our third year here, Elsa and I were dragging ourselves out of bed as the waking bell rang out cold and clear.
    • Two gunshots rang out like two clear bells in the night as the angel of retribution silently passed.
    Example sentences
    • Dragging herself from her car that evening and up the walk toward her apartment, she heard the sound of her telephone ringing.
    • Although this scene, like the climax of Halloween, begins in a bedroom, once the telephone rings we enter Krueger's dream world.
    • Stephen was awakened by the telephone ringing next to his head.
    1.2 (operate bell)
    tocar el timbre
    llamar al timbre
    to ring at the door
    tocar el timbre
    llamar a la puerta or al timbre
    you rang, sir?
    ¿ha llamado, señor?
    to ring for somebody/somethingyou have to ring for service
    tiene que llamar al timbre para que lo atiendan
    she rang for the butler
    hizo sonar el timbre/la campanilla para llamar el mayordomo
    Example sentences
    • Certainly, talking to Popin Pete doesn't ring any gangsta alarm bells.
    • With a kind of detachment, he walked, as casually as he could under the circumstances, towards the door and rung the bell.
    • He carried me right up to the door and rung the bell with difficulty.
  • 2 (telephone) (British) to ring for somebody/somethingshe rang for a cab/doctor
    llamó un taxi/al médico
    Example sentences
    • I gave him the number to ring back, and nothing happened; eventually, pushing my luck, I rang him back.
    • I managed at one time to get to the telephone and ring the Philippines consul in Nicosia, who rang the owners of the taverna and gave them a mouthful.
    • Nothing was worth watching on the television, so he decided to ring Joy on the telephone.
  • 3 3.1 (resound) their shouts still rang in our ears
    todavía oíamos sus gritos
    sus gritos aún resonaban en nuestros oídos [literary]
    the house rang with the laughter of children
    la casa resonaba con risas infantiles
    the air rang with their shouts of joy
    sus gritos de alegría resonaban en el aire
    the whole office rang with talk of the boss's wedding
    en la oficina no se hablaba sino de la boda del jefe
    to ring true
    ser or sonar convincente
    the characters ring false
    los personajes no son convincentes
    her laughter rang hollow
    su risa sonaba forzada
    their boasts/threats rang hollow
    sus alardes/amenazas no convencían a nadie
    Example sentences
    • But if your ears ring after loud noise or your hearing goes a little blurry, that means they are temporarily damaged.
    • My ears were ringing from the loud noise suddenly halting.
    • I stopped halfway through my swing, my ears ringing from the loud sound.

transitive verb past tense rang past participle rung

  • 1 (operate)
    (doorbell/handbell/church bell)

Phrasal verbs

ring around

(British) ring round
1verb + adverb
llamar a varios lugares or sitios
2verb + preposition + object
hacer varias llamadas a

ring back

1verb + adverb
volver a llamar
could you ring back in half an hour?
¿podría volver a llamar dentro de media hora?
2verb + object + adverb
(ring again) volver a llamar
(return call) llamar
would you ask her to ring me back?
¿le podría decir que me llame?

ring in

1verb + adverb (telephone) (British) to ring in sick
llamar para dar parte de enfermo
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object ring up 1 2 3verb + adverb + object ring out 2

ring off

verb + adverb (British)

ring out

1verb + adverb
2verb + adverb + objectto ring out the old (year) and ring in the new
despedir al año viejo y recibir al nuevo (al son de las campanas)

ring up

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (on cash register)
1.2 (notch up)
1.3 (telephone) (British) ring2 3 2
2verb + adverb (British) ring2 2 2
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