\ 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

Brooklyn could continue to sing kumbaya next year with Irving replacing D’Angelo Russell, riding a wave of confidence to an unexpectedly high seed in the East. Michael Shapiro,, "2020 MVP Primer: Examining the Favorites, Dark Horses and Longshots," 23 July 2019 Morgan sang the tune out, and the crowd roared in response, joining along immediately. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "USWNT stars Alex Morgan, Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris honored at World Cup celebration in Orlando," 17 July 2019 Rolling Stone reports that as a child Robert grew up singing in a church choir. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'AGT' Contestant Robert Finley Went Through So Much Before His Season 14 Audition," 9 July 2019 From her champion soccer skills to her LGBTQ advocacy and refusal to sing the National Anthem, there are so many positive things to say about Megan Rapinoe. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Why Leslie Jones Called Out Ageist and Sexist Coverage of Megan Rapinoe," 9 July 2019 Teaching a seal to sing is undoubtedly cool, but there’s scientific motivations behind the exercise as well. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Listen to a Seal Sing the Star Wars Theme and ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’," 25 June 2019 Definitely vouch for this person and sing her praises. Anchorage Daily News, "Be proactive when confronted with workplace revenge," 15 July 2019 Holt then went on to sing the praises of Westbrook, who spent 11 years with the Thunder: In the days ahead, there will be much, much, much, much more to say about what Russell Westbrook has meant to OKC. Andy Nesbitt, For The Win, "This tweet by Oklahoma City's mayor about Russell Westbrook and Paul George didn't age well," 11 July 2019 Clearly someone fastened a string onto the bottle cap and pulled it the second Carey started singing. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Mariah Carey, Superhero, Popped a Bottle of Wine Using Just Her Voice," 8 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But there’s another popular genre of YouTube kids’ media: Channels that post nursery rhymes and animated sing-alongs at an astounding rate, racking up millions of views. Mark Bergen, Los Angeles Times, "YouTube boosting ‘quality’ kids’ videos wreaked havoc on some channels," 1 Aug. 2019 Your preschool-aged kiddos get to join their favorite pups from the animated series for a heroic musical sing-a-long adventure, Dec. 27-29. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "'Paw Patrol' is ready for action and rolling into Louisville with a live show," 17 June 2019 The move to have the crowd sing came after fans broke out into singing O Canada at Oracle Arena after the Raptors' Game 4 win. Charlotte Carroll,, "Raptors Fans Perform 'O Canada' Ahead of NBA Finals Game 5 in Place of Singer," 10 June 2019 Some of the playlists Spotify will offer includes Disney Favorites, Disney Princess and one for sing-alongs. Yan Zhang, USA TODAY, "Spotify launches a Disney Hub with music from Marvel and ‘Star Wars’ films," 17 July 2019 While everyone else wasn't happy to hear them sing-along, fans all over the world have been freaking out and joining in on their sing-along. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Here Are the Lyrics for "The NeverEnding Story" From "Stranger Things"," 17 July 2019 Frampton’s robust big-crowd sing-along, a classic of a very specific era of indulgence. James Sullivan,, "Peter Frampton comes alive again in farewell-tour show in Boston," 10 July 2019 Pre-show fun begins at Cloud Gate at 6:30 p.m. with an Oz costume party, trivia contest and a sing-along; the film begins on the giant screen at 8. Web Behrens,, "15 things to do with the kids July 8-14," 7 July 2019 The actor had originally intended the project as a miniseries, which meant that a lot of what made the story sing was left on the cutting room floor in order to fit the feature film format. Dan Barna, Teen Vogue, "Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart Star in the Thrilling First Trailer for "Lizzie"," 3 Aug. 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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