\ 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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb So when some alumni and students – including some Black athletes – last summer called for replacing the song and not requiring players to sing it, UT President Jay Hartzell responded by commissioning an academic study of the song’s history. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, "'The Eyes of Texas': Does its origin in a racist era make it racist?," 7 Apr. 2021 Sabit and the other women had to learn Communist songs and sing them loudly before each meal. Raffi Khatchadourian, The New Yorker, "Surviving the Crackdown in Xinjiang," 5 Apr. 2021 Kedar is sung after eight o’clock in the evening, and to sing it at twilight, at six o’clock, would create slight discomfiture. Amit Chaudhuri, Harper's Magazine, "Bent Notes," 16 Mar. 2021 Going acoustic declaws the song the rest of the way, even if Cyrus is still trying to sing it like a full-force rock song. Justin Curto, Vulture, "Every Miley Cyrus Cover, Ranked," 17 Feb. 2021 But Cole would never get to sing it to his own biological granddaughter, Caroline Clarke. CBS News, "Nat King Cole's long-lost granddaughter opens up about discovering her famous family, biological parents," 24 Dec. 2020 Then there was the awkwardness of being forbidden to sing ourselves — which meant being forbidden the normal sung responses. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "The Lonely Church This Christmas," 23 Dec. 2020 Finally, Bonnie Raitt, a friend and fan, asked Thomas to sing it with her during a New Year’s Eve 1992 broadcast from New Orleans. Keith Spera,, "Classic Irma Thomas, Dr. John recordings inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame," 21 Dec. 2020 Their three children hopped on the elevator multiple times a day just to see their friend Andrew, who would sing them an Elvis or a Beatles tune or tell them a Hotel Del tale. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Elevator operator goes down in Hotel del Coronado lore," 18 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Since then, Cheng’s expanded to ready-to-wear clothes and accessories that’ll make any fashion lover’s heart sing. Dale Arden Chong, Glamour, "35 AAPI and Asian-Owned Brands to Support Now and Always," 16 Apr. 2021 Cooked horseradish makes spring vegetable pasta sing when it is teamed up with green onions, garlic, radish and asparagus. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Horseradish has deep roots in history," 30 Mar. 2021 In the April 14 concert, tenor Ferring sing music by Mozart, Handel, Schumann and Ben Moore, accompanied by pianist Gilley. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What you need to know: Milwaukee Rep, Ballet, Florentine begin performing for live audiences in April," 24 Mar. 2021 The first half features Kenny's deadened sing-song over a gurgling 808, blinking synths, and raggedy nu-metal guitars. Alex Suskind,, "Friday Five: Lucy Dacus' vengeful coolness, Chika's cinderella story, and more," 12 Mar. 2021 Resorts have been known to host campfires, sing-alongs, and meals reminiscent of the early days of cross-country travel. Jessica Poitevien, Travel + Leisure, "Travel Across 25 U.S. States and Stay in a Modern-day Oregon Trail-style Covered Wagon," 26 Mar. 2021 The short ribs ramen are a must-try, too—the ramen is made in-house—and the green tea ice cream came with a charcoal puff that made my palate sing. Baz Dreisinger, Forbes, "Why You Need An Extended Stay In Miami Right Now—at The New-And-Improved Biltmore," 12 Mar. 2021 The issue erupted into a tempest of fan outrage when football players chose to leave the field instead of taking part in the traditional sing-along with fans after several games. Jim Vertuno, Chron, "Report finds 'no racist intent' behind UT's 'The Eyes of Texas'," 9 Mar. 2021 Even as brooding hip-hop music began regularly outperforming peppy sing-alongs on the Billboard Hot 100 in the past decade, certain values have stuck around. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Countercultural Sound of the 2020s," 14 Feb. 2021

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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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22 Apr 2021

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“Sing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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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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