\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

fink, grass (on) [British slang], inform, rat (on), snitch, split (on) [British], squeak, squeal, talk, tell (on)

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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

Anyone who is interested in singing should attend an open rehearsal on Thursday, July 19, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Community Center Theater. Anthony Barcellos, sacbee, "How Big Sing California aims to bring joy to six cities and 10,000 performers," 13 July 2018 Langabeer, Tara Middleton, and Gregg Mervine sing and play a number of instruments onstage behind the dancers, and the music is wonderful on its own. Ellen Dunkel,, "BalletX heats up the summer with 3 premieres and live music," 12 July 2018 Portraying Gloria, Christie Prades, a swing and cover in the Broadway production, speaks and sings in a dusky voice remarkably similar to the one that sold 100 million albums. Daryl H. Miller,, "Review: 'On Your Feet!,' the Gloria and Emilio Estefan story, sets rhythms in irresistible motion," 11 July 2018 The Teen Creative Talent Show is 7 to 8 p.m. Aug. 9, featuring skits, instrumental music and talents other than singing and dancing. Linda Mcintosh,, "Vista Boys & Girls Club gala raises $85K news," 11 July 2018 And Will Schmid, our inadvertent matchmaker, played and sang at the wedding in 1981, along with his wife, Ann, on autoharp. Jim Stingl, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stingl: Educators spread the joy of music to many. And they accidentally led me to my wife," 6 July 2018 The film traces her beginnings singing in the black church, often alongside her mother, Cissy, a gospel star in her own right. Ann Hornaday, kansascity, "New Whitney Houston documentary transcends the rise-and-fall formula," 5 July 2018 For a night, familiar partisan bickering is put aside for singing. Hal Boedeker,, "Fourth of July: Patriotic songs provide needed lift," 5 July 2018 People wept, sang and shouted their support for the refugee community, and many brought bouquets of white flowers intended to symbolize peace. Rebecca Boone, The Seattle Times, "Hundreds mourn at vigil for victims of Idaho birthday party attack," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The bilingual artist sings in both English and French. Chrissie Dickinson,, "Canadian singer Charlotte Cardin is more than a YouTube sensation," 19 Apr. 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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