\ˈsiŋ \
sang\ˈsaŋ \ or sung\ˈsəŋ \; sung; singing\ˈsiŋ-iŋ \

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

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Other Words from sing


singable \ˈsiŋ-ə-bəl \ adjective

Synonyms for sing

Synonyms: Verb

inform, rat (on), snitch, squeal, talk, tell (on)

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Examples of sing in a Sentence


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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Then Adams will return to the stage, joined by fellow RB Idol finalists, to sing several songs. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Rancho Bernardo, "Fair, parade and fireworks returning to Rancho Bernardo," 28 June 2018 Emphasizing the Catalan tradition of embracing people from various places and cultures, the group sings in Catalan, French, Spanish and Arabic, as well as Amazigh, a language of indigenous North African people. Max Kutner, Smithsonian, "Some of Barcelona’s Most Acclaimed Musicians Will Rock and Rumba Washington D.C.," 27 June 2018 But in 2016, McConnell sang an entirely different tune. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "McConnell Argues Against Confirming New Justice This Year (If It Were 2016)," 27 June 2018 Most swamp swallows sang the same tunes, using the same common syllables, but there were a few rare types in each population, just as there are variations in human oral histories over time. Victoria Davis, Science | AAAS, "This swamp sparrow’s song is more than 1500 years old," 20 June 2018 The choruses are those parts that have repeated lyrics and that everybody sings together. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "Science of Music," 15 June 2018 The men sang from the steps of San Francisco City Hall — and a worldwide LGBT choral movement was born. Ryan Kost, San Francisco Chronicle, "The S.F. Gay Men’s Chorus, part of history itself, sings it out in ‘Unbreakable’," 14 June 2018 Soon enough, nearly everyone in the restaurant was on their feet, either singing, clapping along, or just watching the scene unfold. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "Flash mob surprises Chick-fil-A with a capella gospel song," 13 July 2018 At a concert in the town of Salt, 15 miles west of Amman, a performance this year by Bait al Nay spurred young members of the audience to stand, clap, dance, and sing – all surprised that such an instrument came from Jordanian soil. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, "In rediscovered reed flute, a soulful link to Jordanian identity," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The cool, crisp, sweet, slightly acidic melon sings summer in all its bright immediacy, while the Port conjures the complexity of time and wine. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "The 5-Minute Dessert of the Summer," 12 July 2018 The bilingual artist sings in both English and French. Chrissie Dickinson,, "Canadian singer Charlotte Cardin is more than a YouTube sensation," 19 Apr. 2018 Activities to prevent boredom such as sing-a-longs, quizzes and art work are offered for both caregivers and those with dementia. Sara Ervin Walser, Laurel Leader, "Montpelier shindig raises repair money [South Laurel]," 12 July 2018 The fans have sang sing-along classics and even celebrated VAR with a cracking tongue-in-cheek chant., "5 of the Best Fan Chants in Russia," 5 July 2018 Whether on home video or at sing-along screenings, Grease is generally introduced to kids at young ages. Jared Cowan, Los Angeles Magazine, "Every L.A. Filming Location From Grease, 40 Years Later," 15 June 2018 The richness, the saltiness, and the delicious, juicy risk and vulnerability that made the novel sing aren’t there. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The delectable possibility and bland reality of Sweetbitter," 25 May 2018 Enter to win a four pack of tickets to the sing-a-long celebration of the 40th movie anniversary June 15 at the Louisville Palace. The Courier-Journal, "Sing-a-Long to Grease," 17 May 2018 The next planned activity was a sing-a-long run led by Reggie Watts. Katherine Schaffstall, The Hollywood Reporter, "James Corden Hosts 'Avengers: Infinity War' Cast on Tour Around Los Angeles," 27 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners 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


\ˈsiŋ \
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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