\ 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
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 How to pronounce singable (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for sing

Synonyms: Verb

carol, chant, descant, vocalize

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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

Casual fans might not know that first song is actually a cover — the British band Busted actually sang it first. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "The Jonas Brothers' Career Timeline Is Legitimately A Rollercoaster Of Emotions," 5 June 2019 Traditionally, artists have thrown up yellow flags when discussing the notion of writing topical songs, much less singing them night after night on tour when the emotions and events that guided the lyrics may have faded. Greg Kot,, "Why an avalanche of protest music is again in the air," 5 June 2019 As a thank you and as a way of reminding our students that ASL goes beyond our walls, Cinderella paid a visit and sang us a song while using ASL. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Entire school learns sign language to welcome kindergartener who is deaf," 4 June 2019 Find a frequency that rings true to you and sing it with courage. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What June's Taurus Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 29 May 2019 Billie's brother, Finneas, wrote the song in 2015 and Billie decided to sing it. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "10 Facts About Billie Eilish That Will Make You Even More Obsessed With Her," 21 May 2019 And sing at the to of my lungs, with the windows rolled dow. Hartford Courant,, "MICHAEL JOSEPH KEENAN," 14 July 2018 These students get the chance to sing these great songs and tell this great story. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "STEPs features two shows in one weekend: 'The Wizard of Oz' and '42nd Street'," 11 July 2018 So sing your heart out, tell all your deepest, gossipy secrets on the phone, or just take a nap and snore away. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "This Soundproof Pod Lets You Finally Escape Your Noisy Roommate," 23 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The faint tang of the sourdough croissant makes the flaky, buttery pastry sing. Stan Parish, WSJ, "A Splendid, (Mostly) Stationary Sunday at the Freehand New York," 10 Dec. 2018 How about giving winter the heave-ho with a hearty communal sing? Leslie Anderson,, "Spring gets a head start at the Boston Flower & Garden Show," 11 Mar. 2018 The model's denim-and-boots-themed birthday party also included sing-alongs, delicious-looking sliders, and a festive cake with a gigantic sparkler in the middle. Glamour, "These Photos From Gigi Hadid’s Denim-Themed Birthday Party Are a Delight," 23 Apr. 2019 Community organizations and service providers were on hand during the party, and girls in the mentoring programs at each of the three high schools had an opportunity to recite poetry, sing or otherwise express themselves. Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora mentoring program aims to help girls build leadership," 7 July 2018 The community also shows off its reindeer riding skills and sings traditional songs. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "Reindeer herders, eagle hunters: New Silversea tour brings rare encounters in Mongolia," 15 June 2018 Iweala writes beautifully about DC (his hometown), and the Nigeria set piece sings and singes. Anthony Domestico,, "New Iweala disappoints after ‘Beasts of No Nation’," 21 Mar. 2018 Lyrics will be projected on-screen for the carols so everyone can sing along, and attendees are also invited to share photos from past holiday sing-a-longs, which will be displayed in an on-screen slideshow during intermissions. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "Watch, sing along with 'It's a Wonderful Life' and 'White Christmas' at Music Box Theatre," 1 Dec. 2017 These massive sing-outs were monstrously pleasurable and magnificently illuminating. Norman Lebrecht, WSJ, "‘Handel in London’ Review: The First Musician-Entrepreneur," 21 Dec. 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 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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