\ 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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Other Words from sing


singable \ ˈsiŋ-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce singable (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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Just add hot water and a little elbow grease to make your espresso beans sing. Kara Nelson | Contributing Writer,, "Coffee the old-fashioned way, all done by hand for maximum flavor," 27 Oct. 2020 The postgame ritual had erupted in controversy the last few weeks when most of the team left the field without staying to sing after Texas' first two home games and again in Dallas after a loss to Oklahoma. Dallas News, "Texas football players remained on field for playing of ‘The Eyes of Texas’ after win vs. Baylor," 25 Oct. 2020 Biden's campaign said the former vice president will be joined by Bon Jovi, a native of neighboring New Jersey, who will sing at the Luzerne event. Arkansas Online, "Trump votes in Fla. before rallies; Biden focusing on Pa.," 24 Oct. 2020 If there had been such a committee in 1989, there might have been some discussion about the whispers within the industry that Milli Vanilli didn't sing on their album. Paul Grein, Billboard, "Megan Thee Stallion, Gabby Barrett & More Top Contenders for Best New Artist Nods at 2021 Grammys," 20 Oct. 2020 The grass is green, the sky is blue, Kelly Clarkson wants musicians who sing in Spanish on her team. Maggie Fremont,, "The Voice season premiere recap: Let the Blind Auditions begin!," 20 Oct. 2020 These pretty pets love the limelight and will dance, whip their hair around and even repeat the words your kids sing to them. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "The 2020 Good Housekeeping Best Toy Awards," 20 Oct. 2020 With its grassy patches and crisscrossing pathways, the Yard is where the historically Black Greek sororities and fraternities honor their organizations and sing songs during homecoming. Washington Post, "Howard’s homecoming is a family reunion. In a year of loss and protest, coming together feels more urgent.," 16 Oct. 2020 The deal is on the high-end model, which gets you an Intel Core i7 with 16 gigabytes of RAM and a 256-gigabyte hard drive—enough power to really make Google's lightweight ChromeOS sing. Gear Team, Wired, "The 60 Absolute Best Amazon Prime Day Deals," 14 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After hearing Ashley sing, Simon stopped the young contestant and asked her to perform something else. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'AGT' Fans Call Simon Cowell “Wrong” and “Rude” for Stopping Ashley Marina TWO Times," 21 June 2020 The missing ingredient that made any nearly dish sing? Patricia Kelly Yeo, Bon Appétit, "Velveting is the Chinese Technique That Takes Stir-Fries to the Next Level," 9 Sep. 2020 Streaming, now the dominant form of music consumption, does not reward bright and insistent sing-alongs that demand attention but offer little depth. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Katy Perry and the End of Pop," 1 Sep. 2020 Many Zededa employees are musicians, so the occasion often morphs into a sing-along. Terry Collins, USA TODAY, "Work from home: No cubicles? No problem. How to bond with your team when you work together, apart," 21 Aug. 2020 Or how about when Serena and Olympia dressed up as Belle and had a Beauty and the Beast sing-along? Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Proof Serena Williams, Alexis Ohanian, and Baby Olympia Are the Cutest Family on Instagram," 17 Aug. 2020 While seasonal produce is preferred, this combination makes even the saddest of vegetables at the back of your fridge sing. Chitra Agrawal, Bon Appétit, "Palya is the South Indian Preparation That Makes Nearly Any Vegetable Sing," 16 Aug. 2020 Every good get together needs at least one at-the-top of your lungs sing-along—and this song is it! Good Housekeeping, "40 Festive Thanksgiving Songs That Will Make Your Turkey Day Playlist Something to Be Grateful for," 7 Aug. 2020 Those are lyrics of one of countless sing-along songs that started each SummerGATE day. Steve Rubenstein,, "On the bright side: Scout sews goodwill with mass of masks; the summer school must go on," 11 July 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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The first known use of sing was before the 12th century

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30 Oct 2020

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“Sing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce sing (audio)

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.

Other Words from sing

singer noun

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