\ 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

She's now branched out from singing with a successful line of cakes and pies. CBS News, "Philadelphia gets Patti LaBelle's name wrong on honorary street signs," 5 July 2019 Traditions include weaving wreaths and crowns, eating herring and strawberries, doing a traditional frog dance, singing songs, and decorating the maypole. Andrea Reiher,, "What Does Midsommar Actually Mean? (You Know, Beyond The Obvious)," 3 July 2019 Following her comments about not visiting the White House, Trump attacked her for not singing the national anthem as well. Claudia Harmata,, "Everything to Know About Megan Rapinoe, the U.S. Women's National Team's Star Forward," 2 July 2019 Participants took turns leading the group in singing a major scale, growing louder on the ascent and softer on the descent. Elizabeth Nonemaker,, "Training the next generation at the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra Conducting Seminar," 2 July 2019 Even with the Hornets removed from the equation, the Celtics probably anticipated stiff competition from other teams with both reported interest in singing Walker and with the ability to offer him a max contract. Michael Mccann,, "Could Teams Clearly Ignoring Free Agency Tampering Rules Be a Problem for NBA?," 1 July 2019 After Trump criticized her practice of not singing the anthem in an interview, the 8x8 video was released and went viral. Ann Killion,, "Megan Rapinoe vs. President Trump? A predictable circus on the eve of an epic game," 27 June 2019 Her full sound was gorgeously apparent in the big third act duet with the German bass-baritone Wolfgang Koch, singing handsomely as her character’s husband, Barak the dyer. Larry Wolff, The New York Review of Books, "A Resonant Centenary for Strauss at the Vienna State Opera," 13 June 2019 Communal gatherings devoted to singing Ukrainian and Bosnian folk tunes brought joy. Julia M. Klein,, "Aleksandar Hemon returns with a memoir, divided," 12 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The meandering plot all but demands in-theater sing-alongs. Darren Franich,, "Yesterday is a sweet Beatles musical, but the whimsy turns sour," 26 June 2019 And Meghan and Ariana don’t even get to have a sing-off! 69. Richard S. He, Billboard, "Every Ariana Grande Song, Ranked," 27 Apr. 2018 During this spectacle, now celebrating its sesquicentennial, residents and guests gather in the Oak Bluffs Tabernacle for a twilight sing-along, followed by the ceremonial candle lighting of one of the lanterns. Anna Marlis Burgard, National Geographic, "This summer’s best island festivals in the U.S.," 12 June 2019 Saturday’s event featured a pancake breakfast, a celebration near the sculpture, a sing-along and a walking tour. USA TODAY, "Black Hills yaks, serious senioritis on campus, Pony Express: News from around our 50 states," 10 June 2019 The faint tang of the sourdough croissant makes the flaky, buttery pastry sing. Stan Parish, WSJ, "A Splendid, (Mostly) Stationary Sunday at the Freehand New York," 10 Dec. 2018 How about giving winter the heave-ho with a hearty communal sing? Leslie Anderson,, "Spring gets a head start at the Boston Flower & Garden Show," 11 Mar. 2018 The model's denim-and-boots-themed birthday party also included sing-alongs, delicious-looking sliders, and a festive cake with a gigantic sparkler in the middle. Glamour, "These Photos From Gigi Hadid’s Denim-Themed Birthday Party Are a Delight," 23 Apr. 2019 Community organizations and service providers were on hand during the party, and girls in the mentoring programs at each of the three high schools had an opportunity to recite poetry, sing or otherwise express themselves. Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora mentoring program aims to help girls build leadership," 7 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 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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