The word ‘ring‘ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to call by phone or put a circle around something.

For example:

  • I’ll ring my aunt tonight. (call by phone)
  • I’ve rung several suitable jobs in the newspaper. (put a circle around)


Ring is an irregular verb. The past tense is rang and the past participle is rung.

phrasal verbs with ring

Phrasal verbs with ‘ring’ include:

  • ring around/round
    meaning – call lots of people to organise something or get information
    example – We’re 2 players short, I’ll ring round the lads to see who can play.
  • ring back
    meaning – return a phone call
    example – I’ll be ringing my cousin back in a minute, don’t worry.
  • ring in
    meaning – telephone to tell, confirm or enter a competition
    example – I rang in to a competition yesterday and won a brand-new car!
  • ring out
    meaning – a sudden loud noise
    example – The church bells rang out as the newlyweds left for their reception.
  • ring up
    meaning – call someone
    example – I’ll ring up the school tomorrow and find out when the kids break up for Easter.

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phrasal verbs with ring

Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘ring’ in more detail and see some examples in use.

phrasal verbs with ring - ring around/round
phrasal verbs with ring - ring back
phrasal verbs with ring - ring in
phrasal verbs with ring - ring out
phrasal verbs with ring - ring up

You can download a table of phrasal verbs with ring below.

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