- 1 [countable] a piece of jewelry that you wear on your finger, consisting of a round band of gold, silver, etc., sometimes decorated with precious stones a gold ring A diamond glittered on her ring finger (= the finger next to the little finger, especially on the left hand). see also engagement ring, signet ring, wedding ring circle
- 2[countable] an object in the shape of a circle with a large hole in the middle a key ring a ring of keys curtain rings
- 3 [countable] a round mark or shape She had dark rings around her eyes from lack of sleep. After the kids' bath, there was a ring of scum around the tub. for performance/competition
- 4 [countable] a closed area in which animals or people perform or compete, with seats around the outside for the audience a boxing ring a circus ring The next competitor rode into the ring. see also bullring group of people
- 5 [countable] a group of people who are working together, especially in secret or illegally a spy ring a drug ring Idioms
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to be much better at doing something than someone else I used to beat my son at chess but now he runs rings around me.
run rings around somebody (informal)jump to other results
to announce officially that you are going to compete in an election, a competition, etc.
throw your hat into the ringjump to other results