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ring

  
[2]  
      vb   , rings, ringing, rang, rung  
1    to emit or cause to emit a sonorous or resonant sound, characteristic of certain metals when struck  
2    to cause (a bell) to emit a ringing sound by striking it once or repeatedly or (of a bell) to emit such a sound  
3   
a    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 it  
   Compare       chime   1       6  
b    intr   (of a bell) to sound by being swung in this way  
4    intr   (of a building, place, etc.) to be filled with sound; echo  
the church rang with singing     
5    intr; foll by: for   to call by means of a bell, buzzer, etc.  
to ring for the butler     
6      (Also)    ring up     (Chiefly Brit)   to call (a person) by telephone  
7    tr   to strike or tap (a coin) in order to assess its genuineness by the sound produced  
8    intr   (of the ears) to have or give the sensation of humming or ringing  
9    intr     (Electronics)   (of an electric circuit) to produce a damped oscillatory wave after the application of a sharp input transition  
10    Slang   to change the identity of (a stolen vehicle) by using the licence plate, serial number, etc., of another, usually disused, vehicle  
11    ring a bell   to sound familiar; remind one of something, esp. indistinctly  
12    ring down the curtain  
a    to lower the curtain at the end of a theatrical performance  
b    foll by: on   to put an end (to)  
13    ring false   to give the impression of being false  
14    ring the bell  
a    to do, say, or be the right thing  
b    to reach the pinnacle of success or happiness  
15    ring the changes   to vary the manner or performance of an action that is often repeated  
16    ring true          to give the impression of being true  
that story doesn't ring true     
      n  
17    the act of or a sound made by ringing  
18    a sound produced by or suggestive of a bell  
19    any resonant or metallic sound, esp. one sustained or re-echoed  
the ring of trumpets     
20    Informal     (chiefly Brit)   a telephone call  
he gave her a ring last night     
21    the complete set of bells in a tower or belfry  
a ring of eight bells         See       peal   1       3  
22    an inherent quality or characteristic  
his explanation has the ring of sincerity     
23      (Electronics)   the damped oscillatory wave produced by a circuit that rings,   (See also)        ring back       ring in       ring off       ring out       ring up  
     (Old English hringan; related to Old High German hringen Old Norse hringja)  
Rang and sang are the correct forms of the past tenses of ring and sing, although rung and sung are still heard informally and dialectally: he rung (rang) the bell  
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ring   [1]  
      n  
1    a circular band usually of a precious metal, esp. gold, often set with gems and worn upon the finger as an adornment or as a token of engagement or marriage  
2    any object or mark that is circular in shape  
3    a circular path or course  
to run around in a ring     
4    a group of people or things standing or arranged so as to form a circle  
a ring of spectators     
5    an enclosed space, usually circular in shape, where circus acts are performed  
6    a square apron or raised platform, marked off by ropes, in which contestants box or wrestle  
7    the ring   the sport of boxing  
8    the field of competition or rivalry  
9    throw one's hat in the ring   to announce one's intention to be a candidate or contestant  
10    a group of people usually operating illegally and covertly  
a drug ring, a paedophile ring, a ring of antique dealers     
11    (esp. at country fairs) an enclosure, often circular, where horses, cattle, and other livestock are paraded and auctioned  
12    an area reserved for betting at a racecourse  
13    a circular strip of bark cut from a tree or branch, esp. in order to kill it  
14    a single turn in a spiral  
15      (Geometry)   the area of space lying between two concentric circles  
16      (Maths)   a set that is subject to two binary operations, addition and multiplication, such that the set is an Abelian group under addition and is closed under multiplication, this latter operation being associative  
17      (Botany)      short for       annual ring  
18      (Also called)    closed chain     (Chem)   a closed loop of atoms in a molecule  
19      (Astronomy)   any of the thin circular bands of small bodies orbiting a giant planet, esp. Saturn  
   See also       Saturn   2       1  
20    run rings around  
Informal   to be greatly superior to; outclass completely  
      vb   , rings, ringing, ringed   tr  
21    to surround with or as if with or form a ring; encircle  
22    to mark (a bird) with a ring or clip for subsequent identification  
23    to fit a ring in the nose of (a bull, pig, etc.) so that it can be led easily  
24      (Also)    ringbark  
a    to cut away a circular strip of bark from (a tree or branch) in order to kill it  
b    to cut a narrow or partial ring from (the trunk of a tree) in order to check or prevent vigorous growth  
25      (Austral. and N.Z.)   to be the fastest shearer in a shearing shed (esp. in the phrase ring the shed)  
     (Old English hring; related to Old Norse hringr)  

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ring

  
[1]  
      n  
1    band, circle, circuit, halo, hoop, loop, round  
2    arena, circus, enclosure, rink  
3    association, band, cabal, cartel, cell, circle, clique, combine, coterie, crew     (informal)   gang, group, junta, knot, mob, organization, syndicate  
      vb  
4    circumscribe, encircle, enclose, encompass, gird, girdle, hem in, seal off, surround  

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exp.
give a phone call
E.g.: Just give me a ring when you want to go out.
exp.
it sounds interesting or attractive
n.
The state of being acceptable or officially true; the statement that is powerful to convince someone something is right.
n.
the process of reaching a conclusion about something because of other things that you know to be true
[US] I often find my stuff by using deduction but sometimes it doesn't help at all.
n.
Something that you think is true because it is very likely
I had the presumption that my holiday is going to be great because I was planning to go back to Japan.
exp.
When sth sounds too good to be true and not as good as it seems to be and you suspect that there is a hidden problem

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