\ 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

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 Cecily is 100% the girl who pretends her friends signed her up to sing Whitney Houston. Andy Hoglund,, 21 Nov. 2021 Women who started bands, who sing and write songs, who excel on their instruments, who make and produce records. Devon Ivie, Vulture, 21 Nov. 2021 The production includes sing-along Christmas carols, puppetry and special effects. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Nov. 2021 Worshipers were gathering at the mountain to mark the Lag Ba'Omer holiday, an annual event where participants sing, dance and light fires in homage to second-century sage Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai at his burial site. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 19 Nov. 2021 When Ruby’s son, Job, gets in trouble after daring to vote, the women are left, as usual, to wail and sing. New York Times, 18 Nov. 2021 With visitors barred from visiting during the coronavirus pandemic, Ellen Metzger would rub her dying patients’ feet, comb their hair and sing their favorite hymns. Lorraine Mirabella,, 17 Nov. 2021 The Jonas family is inviting Las Vegas residents to pull up a chair for chicken and dumplings and sing-along tunes. Sabrina Weiss,, 15 Nov. 2021 But people who buy concert tickets are typically dedicated fans—even if, in the case of Petey, some of them may be hoping to laugh, as well as sing along. Kelefa Sanneh, The New Yorker, 15 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Elsewhere, Staci finally gets to the sing the national anthem and brings the house down with her performance. Joe Otterson, Variety, 10 Oct. 2021 There will be holiday music sing-along in the church on Nov. 20 and music groups will perform on Nov. 21. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 10 Nov. 2021 Root vegetables of all kinds make this dish from Food Network sing — including parsnips. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 Nov. 2021 Join the Oregon Symphony for this classic Christmas sing-along. oregonlive, 1 Nov. 2021 Find out in this musical treat-or-treat sing-along written by Anchorage playwright Shane Mitchell. Anchorage Daily News, 28 Oct. 2021 Autumnal does work for Bridgers, in terms of her ability to make a show feel like a big campfire sing-along, even though not many of her songs are easily sung along with. Chris Willman, Variety, 24 Oct. 2021 Mize has invited JD Green to the online sing-along. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 12 Oct. 2021 Stars including Lady Gaga and Halsey sing and speak openly about trauma, diagnoses, and treatment. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 24 Sep. 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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sing a different tune

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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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