\ ˈsiŋ \
sang\ ˈsaŋ \ or sung\ ˈsəŋ \; sung; singing\ ˈsiŋ-​iŋ \

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 \ 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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The room had four animatronic macaws that acted as masters of ceremonies for their human guests, as well as 225 animatronic birds, flowers, and tikis that moved, talked, and sang. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Disney Attraction Powered by Nuclear Weapons Tech," 16 Jan. 2019 While on a walkabout this morning in Hamilton Square, Harry stopped to help sing 9-year-old Megan O'Carroll a happy birthday. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Watch Prince Harry Sing Happy Birthday to One Lucky Member of the Crowd This Morning," 14 Jan. 2019 Ani DiFranco has sung about reproductive freedom here, John Tesh about God. Christopher Reynolds,, "Sitting in the palm of nature: The unique energy — and performances — of Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre," 12 July 2018 Yet after all four shootouts went in favor of the team kicking second, ABBA is likely to remain part of soccer only if the iconic Swedish pop band wants to keep singing about the beautiful game. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Extra time is lame. Let's just skip straight to penalties at the World Cup," 8 July 2018 Whenever England is able to get one past the keeper, expect to hear the fans singing in unison about football coming home. Khadrice Rollins,, "'Football's Coming Home': What Is the Origin, Meaning of England National Team Chant?," 3 July 2018 This is a band that can sing about the related pleasures of wandering and a sense of home. John Adamian,, "Tedeschi Trucks And Jay Critch Are Just Two Of This Week's Must-See Shows," 2 July 2018 The menu here is a love letter to the owner's native New Orleans; every ingredient sings the city's praises and proudly puts Cajun cuisine on full display. Diana Oates, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Restaurants in Houston," 1 Oct. 2018 In the app’s code, researcher Jane Manchun Wong spotted an interface that would let users choose a popular song and then record themselves singing it. Casey Newton, The Verge, "A shadowy influence campaign on Facebook is targeting liberal activists," 1 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Far more is implied than revealed in which Stein’s imaginative sing-song verse mingles almost indistinctly with Anthony’s own words. Mark Swed,, "Before ‘Hamilton,’ 100 years of American music theater and how it’s told the story of who we are," 29 June 2018 So media, enjoy the campfire, but your justification for this sing-along is false. Fox News, "Gutfeld: Living in the media's lie," 18 Aug. 2018 For the principals in particular, this is a hard sing — the original Broadway production included alternates for all the main roles — which makes the cast's accomplishments here all the more impressive despite some occasional strain. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Carmen Jones': Theater Review," 28 June 2018 Kenny Chesney is in many ways the Jimmy Buffett of his generation, leading members of his No Shoes Nation in one carefree sing-a-long after another at the summer's biggest party, which rolled into Chase Field Saturday. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Kenny Chesney celebrates the No Shoes Nation lifestyle in crowd-pleasing concert at Chase Field," 24 June 2018 Kelli can legit do everything, including sing opera! Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "7 Things You Should Know About "13 Reasons Why" Season 2 Star Kelli O'Hara," 18 May 2018 The only other schools that recruited Eichhorn were South Dakota State and Michigan State, mostly because Jackrabbits head coach Casey VanDamme and Spartans assistant Dan Ellis are Yoopers and knew about the kid who could make a 2-iron sing. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: Marquette freshman golfer Hunter Eichhorn is blazing a trail," 5 May 2018 The sing-a-longs begin Dec. 9 and run through Christmas Eve, Dec. 24. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "Watch, sing along with 'It's a Wonderful Life' and 'White Christmas' at Music Box Theatre," 1 Dec. 2017 The cool, crisp, sweet, slightly acidic melon sings summer in all its bright immediacy, while the Port conjures the complexity of time and wine. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "The 5-Minute Dessert of the Summer," 12 July 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 \
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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