Can I use the word "encircled" to replace "ringed" in the sentence "the police ringed the bank with armed men". Can you suggest other words to replace it (but still has the same meaning.)
Indeed, "encircled" sounds better than "ringed" here, but both do have the same meaning in this context.
The other word that springs to my mind is "surrounded", which is probably the most natural one to use in a context of everyday speech. "Encircled" is perhaps the word I would use in slightly more formal writing.