\ 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

Fans sang the praises of purple-to-lavender shades for brightening up dark under-eyes. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "This Redditor Shared a Genius Undereye Concealer Tip for Brown Skin Tones," 2 May 2019 Depending on the final details, those Ryzen cores should sing—especially compared to those icky old Jaguar ones. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Why Sony's PlayStation 5 specs matter to PC gamers: Ryzen, Radeon, SSDs, and ray tracing," 16 Apr. 2019 In another note, Margaret describes meeting American celebrities Danny Kaye and Robert Montgomery at a party—and apparently singing to them. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "New Letters by Princess Margaret Reveal Love for Her "Heavenly Nephew" Prince Charles," 13 Mar. 2019 Want to dance around the house in your underwear, while singing along to your favorite song using your hairbrush as a microphone? Jessica Leigh Mattern, Woman's Day, "30 Fun Things to Do By Yourself in Your Lifetime," 3 Jan. 2019 Bradley, there is not a single person on the planet that could have sung this song with me but you. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga Had the Sweetest Reaction When She and Bradley Cooper Topped the Billboard Chart," 6 Mar. 2019 Blake Shelton may or may not have realized a contestant sang girlfriend Gwen Stefani’s song. Megan Stein, Country Living, "All of 'The Voice' Contestants Who Have Survived the Blind Auditions So Far," 2 Mar. 2019 Protesters ended the rally on a street corner near the diocese by singing a song from the American Indian Movement while two Native Americans beat drums. John Minchillo, The Seattle Times, "Boys school shuts down amid fallout over Washington videos," 23 Jan. 2019 On records past, Deerhunter guitarist Lockett Pundt has functioned as the band’s own George Harrison, writing and singing a sturdy song or two per release to balance out Mr. Cox’s more indulgent musical tendencies. Mark Richardson, WSJ, "‘Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?’ by Deerhunter Review: A Statelier Kind of Chaos," 9 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

These massive sing-outs were monstrously pleasurable and magnificently illuminating. Norman Lebrecht, WSJ, "‘Handel in London’ Review: The First Musician-Entrepreneur," 21 Dec. 2018 After being raped as a child, Maya Angelou, who taught us why the caged bird sings, experienced years of selective mutism (a disorder marked by an inability to speak in certain situations). Ola Ojewumi, SELF, "I'm Celebrating My Disabled Black Girl Magic Because I'm Done Feeling Invisible," 7 Nov. 2018 One of indiepop’s brighter lights of recent years, this Chicago quintet specializes in fuzzed-out, yet resolute songs that juxtapose sing-along hooks with lyrics about everyday disappointments., "The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world," 4 May 2018 Try Not to Sing Challenge Create a new Spotify playlist and have everyone add their favorite sing-along songs. Gather around and listen to snippets of each song while trying not join in along. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "25 Fun Challenges to Play With Your Friends," 27 Nov. 2018 Last night literally standing in front of the White House, leading a sing-along protest against her arch nemesis. Fox News, "Sekulow: Trump will decide whether he sits down with Mueller," 8 Aug. 2018 Also spotted with them was Harry's rumored girlfriend, Kiko Mizuhara, who also joined in the big group sing-alongs. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "3 Signs Harry Styles Is Going to Be "Queer Eye"’s Season 3 Celebrity Guest," 5 Feb. 2019 The majority of Beast Mode scopes out a battle plan and sticks to it, with Zay dancing up and down the keys while Future sing-raps around a few loose themes centered around women, drugs, and loss. Will Schube, Billboard, "Zaytoven and Future Are Just Like Bruddas on 'Beast Mode 2'," 9 July 2018 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

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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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