\ ˈsiŋ How to pronounce sing (audio) \
sang\ ˈsaŋ How to pronounce sing (audio) \ or sung\ ˈsəŋ How to pronounce sing (audio) \; sung; singing\ ˈsiŋ-​iŋ How to pronounce sing (audio) \

Definition of sing

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to produce musical tones by means of the voice
b : to utter words in musical tones and with musical inflections and modulations
c : to deliver songs as a trained or professional singer
2 : to make a shrill whining or whistling sound
3a : to relate or celebrate something in verse
b : to compose poetry
c : to create in or through words a feeling or sense of song prose that sings
4 : to produce musical or harmonious sounds birds singing
5 : buzz, ring
6 : to make a cry : call
7 : to give information or evidence

transitive verb

1 : to utter with musical inflections especially : to interpret in musical tones produced by the voice
2 : to relate or celebrate in verse
3 : chant, intone
4 : to bring or accompany to a place or state by singing sings the child to sleep



Definition of sing (Entry 2 of 2)

: a session of group singing

Other Words from sing


singable \ ˈsiŋ-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce sing (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for sing

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of sing in a Sentence

Verb She sings in the choir. The children danced and sang. He sang softly to the baby. She's a great actress, and she can dance and sing, too. We all stood and sang the national anthem. I can't sing the high notes. Do you hear the birds singing? The kettle sang on the stove. The bullet sang past his helmet. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb It’s the longest-running annual TV contest in history, with countries across Europe (and most recently, Australia), showing up to sing their hearts out since 1956. Sage Anderson, Rolling Stone, 5 May 2022 Henshall, who made her West End debut in Cats in 1987 and dated Edward for six years in the '90s, was encouraged to sing a tune from Les Miserables by Princess Diana and Margaret. Simon Perry,, 4 May 2022 Returning to Baltimore this week is a full-circle moment for Lockley, who was scheduled to sing the national anthem at the Orioles game Monday night. John-john Williams Iv, Baltimore Sun, 3 May 2022 Angela’s daughter Angelita likes to remember a song her mother used to sing when times were tough. San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 May 2022 The crowds willing to line up hours in advance to see their Gen Z queen and hear her sing songs of teenage love, loss, heartbreak and every emotion in between. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 23 Apr. 2022 The two of them sing in empty elevators, a hotel room, at a karaoke club, and over dinner. Marisa Whitaker, SPIN, 5 Apr. 2022 On Sunday, Carlile wrote on Instagram that she had been scheduled to sing to The Judds that night (May 1), for the duo’s induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Ashley Iasimone, Billboard, 1 May 2022 How do birds manage to listen for their turn to sing while making sure to produce the correct notes? Adam Fishbein, Scientific American, 1 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Eventually, the entire room broke into a sing-along of Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues. Jen Murphy, Robb Report, 7 May 2022 Reaching Hot 100 top 40 status last autumn, Grey’s sticky sing-along and slick bravado etched him a lane as one of the city’s promising stars. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, 31 Jan. 2022 Ryder can make even the dumbest bit of dialogue sing, but her character, as written, is a bore. Jon Frosch, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Mar. 2022 Since Russia invaded Ukraine almost two weeks ago, New York has seen near-daily rallies and protests, with Ukrainians, Ukrainian Americans, and their supporters gathering to chant, sing, grieve, and rage against an unjust war. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 8 Mar. 2022 The respite from the chilly Los Angeles night and the turmoil of the outside world was almost over, but not before one last sing-along to a ballad that colored so many audience members’ childhoods. Sasha Urban, Variety, 26 Feb. 2022 Spence and Berninger sing of deep understanding that connects two people, even when their actions sometimes belie that fact. Jon Freeman, Rolling Stone, 4 Feb. 2022 Odetta was the secret-agent contralto, amplifying a history of pain others were using for sing-alongs. Sasha Frere-jones, The New Yorker, 24 Feb. 2022 The jasmine tea and lavender in this cocktail sing cues of royalty, and this delicious cocktail is fit for a queen (or king)! Aly Walansky, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sing


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a


1850, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sing


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

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“Sing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for sing


\ ˈsiŋ How to pronounce sing (audio) \
sang\ ˈsaŋ \ or sung\ ˈsəŋ \; sung; singing

Kids Definition of sing

1 : to produce musical sounds with the voice He sings in the choir.
2 : to express in musical tones Will you sing a song?
3 : to make musical sounds The birds were singing at dawn.
4 : chant entry 1 sense 2 sing mass
5 : to make a small high-pitched sound Arrows went singing through the air.
6 : to speak with enthusiasm Their teacher is happy to sing their praises.
7 : to do something with song He sang the baby to sleep.

Other Words from sing

singer noun



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