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sigh

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verb \ˈsī\

Definition of sigh

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to take a deep audible breath (as in weariness or relief)

  3. 2 :  to make a sound like sighing wind sighing in the branches

  4. 3 :  grieve, yearn sighing for days gone by

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 :  to express by sighs

  7. 2 archaic :  to utter sighs over :  mourn

sigher

play \ˈsī(-ə)r\ noun

Examples of sigh in a Sentence

  1. He sighed with relief when he saw that he passed the test.

  2. The wind sighed through the trees.

  3. I may never see my old home again, she sighed.

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Origin and Etymology of sigh

Middle English sihen, alteration of sichen, from Old English sīcan; akin to Middle Dutch versiken to sigh


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sigh

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Definition of sigh

  1. 1 :  an often involuntary act of sighing especially when expressing an emotion or feeling (such as weariness or relief)

  2. 2 :  the sound of gently moving or escaping air sighs of the summer breeze

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First Known Use of sigh

14th century



SIGH Defined for English Language Learners

sigh

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verb

Definition of sigh for English Language Learners

  • : to take in and let out a long, loud breath in a way that shows you are bored, disappointed, relieved, etc.

  • : to make a sound like sighing

  • : to say (something) with a sigh


SIGH Defined for Kids

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sigh

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verb \ˈsī\

Definition of sigh for Students

sighed

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sighing

  1. 1 :  to take or let out a long loud breath often as an expression of sadness or weariness

  2. 2 :  to make a sound like sighing Wind was sighing in the branches.

  3. 3 :  to say with a sigh “Oh, dear,” she sighed.


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sigh

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noun

Definition of sigh for Students

  1. :  the act or a sound of taking or letting out a long loud breath She finished with a sigh of relief.



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