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verb, \ˈsiŋ\

Simple Definition of sing

  • : to use your voice to make musical sounds in the form of a song or tune

  • : to make pleasant sounds that sound like music

  • : to make a high-pitched whistling sound

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sing

sang play \ˈsaŋ\ or sung play \ˈsəŋ\ sungsinging play \ˈsiŋ-iŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to produce musical tones by means of the voiceb :  to utter words in musical tones and with musical inflections and modulationsc :  to deliver songs as a trained or professional singer

  3. 2 :  to make a shrill whining or whistling sound

  4. 3a :  to relate or celebrate something in verseb :  to compose poetryc :  to create in or through words a feeling or sense of song <prose that sings>

  5. 4 :  to produce musical or harmonious sounds <birds singing>

  6. 5 :  buzz, ring

  7. 6 :  to make a cry :  call

  8. 7 :  to give information or evidence

  9. transitive verb
  10. 1 :  to utter with musical inflections; especially :  to interpret in musical tones produced by the voice

  11. 2 :  to relate or celebrate in verse

  12. 3 :  chant, intone

  13. 4 :  to bring or accompany to a place or state by singing <sings the child to sleep>

singable play \ˈsiŋ-ə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of sing in a sentence

  1. She sings in the choir.

  2. The children danced and sang.

  3. He sang softly to the baby.

  4. She's a great actress, and she can dance and sing, too.

  5. We all stood and sang the national anthem.

  6. I can't sing the high notes.

  7. Do you hear the birds singing?

  8. The kettle sang on the stove.

  9. The bullet sang past his helmet.

Origin of sing

Middle English, from Old English singan; akin to Old High German singan to sing, Greek omphē voice

First Known Use: before 12th century




Definition of sing

  1. :  a session of group singing


First Known Use of sing


SING Defined for Kids


verb \ˈsiŋ\

Definition of sing for Students

sang \ˈsaŋ\ or sung \ˈsəŋ\sungsinging

  1. 1 :  to produce musical sounds with the voice <He sings in the choir.>

  2. 2 :  to express in musical tones <Will you sing a song?>

  3. 3 :  to make musical sounds <The birds were singing at dawn.>

  4. 4 :  1chant 2 <sing mass>

  5. 5 :  to make a small high-pitched sound <Arrows went singing through the air.>

  6. 6 :  to speak with enthusiasm <Their teacher is happy to sing their praises.>

  7. 7 :  to do something with song <He sang the baby to sleep.>

singer noun

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