wring

play
verb \ ˈriŋ \

Definition of wring

wrung play \ˈrəŋ\; wringing play \ˈriŋ-iŋ\
transitive verb
1 :to squeeze or twist especially so as to make dry or to extract moisture or liquid
  • wring a towel dry
2 :to extract or obtain by or as if by twisting and compressing
  • wring water from a towel
  • wring a confession from the suspect
3 a :to twist so as to strain or sprain into a distorted shape
  • I could wring your neck
b :to twist together (clasped hands) as a sign of anguish
4 :to affect painfully as if by wringing :torment
  • a tragedy that wrings the heart
intransitive verb

wring

noun

Examples of wring in a Sentence

  1. I wrung the towel and hung it up to dry.

  2. I wrung my hair and wrapped it in a towel.

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Origin and Etymology of wring

Middle English, from Old English wringan; akin to Old High German ringan to struggle, Lithuanian rengtis to bend down, Old English wyrgan to strangle — more at worry

wring Synonyms



WRING Defined for English Language Learners

wring

play
verb

Definition of wring for English Language Learners

  • : to twist and squeeze (wet cloth, hair, etc.) to remove water

  • : to get (something) out of someone or something with a lot of effort

  • : to twist and break (an animal's neck) in order to kill the animal


WRING Defined for Kids

wring

play
verb \ ˈriŋ \

Definition of wring for Students

wrung \ˈrəŋ\; wringing
1 :to twist or press so as to squeeze out moisture
  • Wring out your bathing suit.
2 :to get by or as if by twisting or pressing
  • Police wrung a confession from the criminal.
3 :to twist with a forceful or violent motion
  • He wrung the chicken's neck.
4 :to affect as if by wringing
  • The bad news wrung our hearts.
5 :to twist (hands) together as a sign of anguish


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