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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Not surprisingly, the juniors also learn how to sing in this choir. Karthik Ramanna, Fortune, "The real problem with accounting firms: They don’t reward auditors that challenge clients," 11 July 2020 At a Thursday night vigil that saw orange and black balloons fill the sky, hundreds of people listened to someone pray and someone sing. Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, "An 11-year-old boy’s killing isn’t proof black lives don’t matter to black people. It’s proof of our collective failure.," 11 July 2020 But, McAdams actually does sing in Eurovision Song Contest. Lia Beck,, "It’s Really Rachel McAdams Singing In Netflix’s Eurovision — But There’s A Catch," 29 June 2020 Participants will also learn how to sing vocal warm-ups and an excerpt from the musical score. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "The Dallas Opera launches an online summer boot camp for kids," 25 June 2020 Nobody hears the sirens sing so sweetly and ruinously. Tim Parks, The New York Review of Books, "The Novels of Tension Between Freedom and Disaster," 10 July 2020 This simple side dish uses just four ingredients — asparagus, miso, hot water and a little sugar — to make these green spears sing. Pommes Anna. Kari Sonde, Washington Post, "Dress up your at-home dinner with these simple, pretty recipes," 9 July 2020 Because the Jewish High Holiday services in September traditionally involve large choirs, this year the congregation will begin experimenting with software that allows people to sing communally from their individual homes. Anna Kramer,, "Religious freedom advocates object to California ban on singing in church," 7 July 2020 The song male frogs sing to attract females is similar to how birds of paradise use their feathers to grab their love interest's attention. Lorena Villanueva-almanza, The Indianapolis Star, "Frog love is in the air — unless someone gets in the way," 7 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Bearpit Karaoke session, when anyone can clamber up and showcase their favorite sing-a-longs, egged on by organizer Joe Hatchiban. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "51 Things in Europe that Every Traveler Needs to Experience," 4 Aug. 2020 After learning about Williams's backstory and hearing the contestant sing on America's Got Talent, judge Simon Cowell couldn't help but get emotional. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'AGT' Judge Simon Cowell Breaks Down Hearing Archie Williams's Heartbreaking True Story," 29 July 2020 The sing-along will feature some of your favorite tunes from Disney. Mark Heim |, al, "How to watch ‘Disney Channel Summer Sing-Along’ (7/10) live stream: Time, TV, list of performers," 10 July 2020 Then explore how Drake can make a Pinot Noir sing, even in its lightest imaginable expression, by trying the Kick On Ranch. Matt Kettmann,, "Whitcraft Winery injects magic into urban winemaking," 23 June 2020 At Eastern Michigan University, officials are promising any student who wants a room by themselves in the dorms will have one and slashed prices on sing-occupancy rooms. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "University of Michigan to bring students back to campus for fall semester," 22 June 2020 Each screening begins with a sing-along that features music performed on the theater’s Mighty Wurlitzer organ. Mary Colurso |, al, "Alabama Theatre cancels summer film series," 8 June 2020 But this is one of the rare songs that has a sing-along that's easy to follow while still satisfying the challenges of the composer moving all over the place. Alex Suskind,, "Questlove rethinks the summer playlist," 22 May 2020 Images captured by journalists showed riot police firing pepper spray at crowds participating in a sing-along demonstration inside a shopping mall on Sunday. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "Hong Kong police arrest more than 200 after pro-democracy protests erupt again," 11 May 2020

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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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7 Aug 2020

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“Sing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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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 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.

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singer noun

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