(British English) (also call North American English, British English) [transitive, intransitive] to telephone somebody/something ring somebody/something up I'll ring you up later. He rang up the police station. ring somebody/something When is the best time to ring New York? ring (up) David rang up while you were out. He said he was ringing from London. I'm ringing about your advertisement in the paper. She rang to say she'd be late. ring for something Could you ring for a cab?