verb (used without object), rang, rung, ring·ing.
verb (used with object), rang, rung, ring·ing.
- to indicate one's arrival at work by punching in on a time clock.
- Informal. to introduce artfully or fraudulently: to ring in an imposter.
- to terminate a telephone conversation.
- British Slang. to stop talking.
- British Slang. to go away.
- to indicate one's departure from work by punching out on a time clock.
- to make a sound or noise; resound: The church bells rang out.
- to register (the amount of a sale) on a cash register.
- to accomplish or record: to ring up a series of successes.
- Chiefly British. to telephone.
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Idioms for ring
- to direct that the curtain of a theater be lowered or closed.
- to lower or close the curtain in front of a stage.
- to direct that the curtain of a theater be raised or opened.
- to raise or open the curtain in front of a stage.
Origin of ring2
OTHER WORDS FROM ringring·ing·ly, adverbring·ing·ness, noun
Words nearby ring
British Dictionary definitions for ring up (1 of 3)
- to begin a theatrical performance
- (often foll by on) to make a start (on)
British Dictionary definitions for ring up (2 of 3)
verb rings, ringing or ringed (tr)
- to cut away a circular strip of bark from (a tree or branch) in order to kill it
- to cut a narrow or partial ring from (the trunk of a tree) in order to check or prevent vigorous growth
Word Origin for ring
British Dictionary definitions for ring up (3 of 3)
verb rings, ringing, rang or rung
- (tr) to cause (a large bell, esp a church bell) to emit a ringing sound by pulling on a rope that is attached to a wheel on which the bell swings back and forth, being sounded by a clapper inside itCompare chime 1 (def. 6)
- (intr) (of a bell) to sound by being swung in this way
- to lower the curtain at the end of a theatrical performance
- (foll by on) to put an end (to)
- to do, say, or be the right thing
- to reach the pinnacle of success or happiness
Word Origin for ring
usage for ring
Medical definitions for ring up
Scientific definitions for ring up
Idioms and Phrases with ring up (1 of 2)
Record, especially by means of a cash register, as in They had already rung up the sale so I decided not to get the extra items. [c. 1930] Although older cash registers usually signaled a recorded sale with the ringing of a bell, the idiom survives in the age of computers.
Accomplish, achieve, as in They rang up an impressive string of victories.
Idioms and Phrases with ring up (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with ring
- ring a bell
- ring down the curtain on
- ring false
- ring one's chimes
- ringside seat
- ring the changes
- ring true
- ring up
- brass ring
- give someone a ring
- have a familiar ring
- run rings around
- three-ring circus
- throw one's hat in the ring