\ 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
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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singable \ ˈsiŋ-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce singable (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 However, reviews of studies to date find only a mild beneficial effect compared to a placebo, leaving many experts loathe to sing its praises. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Boost your immune system for winter with food," 16 Nov. 2020 In concert, the Miracles used to sing a medley of love songs by other vocal groups. Jon Bream, Star Tribune, "Smokey Robinson talks about Bob Dylan, 'My Girl' and why he doesn't like the term 'African American'," 12 Nov. 2020 But when both male and female birds tend the nest, both seem to sing at the same rate. Georgia Silvera Seamans, Field & Stream, "The Beginner’s Guide to Birding in the U.S.," 12 Nov. 2020 The work continues to sing when Huckaby switches to more colorful and patterned vintage flour sacks. Darryl Ratcliff, Dallas News, "Letitia Huckaby’s ‘5 Paperdolls’ depicts the promise, power and peril of Black girls," 11 Nov. 2020 Way to give your artists an insanely difficult song to sing. Maggie Fremont,, "The Voice recap: Some major contenders hit the Battles stage," 11 Nov. 2020 The 60-minute show brings horror characters to life to sing pop songs and showtunes, with a full band backing them up. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "12 things to do in Cleveland this weekend," 5 Nov. 2020 The National World War II Museum Victory Belles paid him a visit to sing happy birthday. Emma Discher,, "Need an Election Day distraction? Say no more.," 2 Nov. 2020 But Brecht’s warning about the dangers of unlimited power remained — and not just in the coda, during which planted actors rose from the audience to sing about revolution. Jesse Green, New York Times, "A Golden Team, a Terrible Title and a Show That Vanished," 2 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There will be free activities such as a visit with Santa, who will be inside a snow globe, open-air art lessons and sing-along/storytime sessions. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "Yes, you can get into the holiday spirit: Our guide to Christmas entertainment, events and things to do," 20 Nov. 2020 The free, online sessions will feature a live Q&A, sing-alongs and an opportunity to take a selfie with good 'ol St. Nick. Joey Morona, cleveland, "Cleveland’s Winterfest plans for a safe, socially distant holiday celebration," 13 Nov. 2020 That was when Matthew Woods, a 59-year-old Trump supporter and traveling musician from Upland, California, who was dressed as a Revolutionary War soldier, challenged the Biden side to a sing-off. Corey Williams, Star Tribune, "Harmony: Opposing Trump and Biden groups make music together," 3 Nov. 2020 Girls deserve their own traditional organization, complete with uniforms and jingoistic sing-alongs. Trey Ellis, The New Yorker, "Be Very Prepared!," 9 Nov. 2020 Expect a visit from you-know-who but don’t wait for an intermission or an audience sing-along. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Cleveland Orchestra offers limited in-person tickets to 2020 Christmas Concerts," 6 Nov. 2020 In years past, countless brands from Nordstrom to Ulta have delivered limited-time deals that will make any coupon queen's wallet sing. Erin Parker, Glamour, "When Is Black Friday 2020: Everything We Know About the Best Sales," 5 Nov. 2020 Dear Learned: Your daughter-in-law let that ring sing. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Woman wonders why men ‘hit’ on her," 3 Nov. 2020 Dear Learned: Your daughter-in-law let that ring sing. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Woman thinks she’s constantly being ‘hit on;’ but is she?," 3 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of sing was before the 12th century

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23 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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How to pronounce sing (audio)

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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