\ 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

Even consumers are being singed by debt as income growth in rural areas slows. Washington Post, "Modi, Resist the Urge to Be India’s Xi Jinping," 18 Sep. 2019 In a disturbing new video, children purportedly at the al-Hol refugee camp in Syria are singing in praise of ISIS. Fox News, "ISIS leader calls for ‘caliphate soldiers’ to free detainees from camps, continue attacks," 17 Sep. 2019 Much of the show’s message was conveyed in original songs sung by Bloom and the rest of the cast, and composed by a team that included Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger. Allison Stewart,, "Rachel Bloom is doing a stand-up tour as a ‘Crazy Ex’ decompression chamber," 16 Sep. 2019 But his successful start was marred by Cagliari fans singing monkey chants earlier in September. Gianluca Mezzofiore, CNN, "Romelu Lukaku: Italian soccer pundit fired for racist on-air comments about Inter Milan striker," 16 Sep. 2019 Mahmood always sings in Italian, but has previously added Spanish lyrics to a version of Soldi by collaborating with a Spanish singer. Julia Webster, Time, "This Italian-Egyptian Singer Was Attacked By Populist Politicians. His Groundbreaking Success Is Silencing Critics," 11 Sep. 2019 Born in the mountains in East Tennessee, but now based in Berlin, Herndon started singing in her church choir. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Behind Holly Herndon’s Radically Human AI Music," 10 Sep. 2019 But it was written and first sung by Dolly Parton, who penned it as a farewell to her overbearing mentor, Porter Wagoner. Chuck Barney, The Mercury News, "‘Country Music’: 6 things we learned from Ken Burns’ epic," 9 Sep. 2019 Outside groups are singing in lockstep, even in attack ads. Ben Kamisar, NBC News, "On the airwaves, NC special election sounds a lot like 2018," 9 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The band served up an impressive number of hugely agreeable sing-alongs from the time of its 1978 debut album, The Cars,through 1987’s Door to Door, after which the band didn’t play together again for more than two decades. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "How The Cars Upgraded Rock and Roll," 16 Sep. 2019 The ongoing anti-government demonstrations in Hong Kong involved episodes of vandalism and tear gas use but also included sing-alongs of protest songs and unity anthems in shopping malls and other public venues. Washington Post, "AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia," 12 Sep. 2019 For a minute and a half, Oliver rapped, dancing effortlessly as the rhymes tumbled out in a sing-song cadence. Rachel Swan,, "Rapper Tone Oliver makes up to $200 a day on BART. Should he be barred from busking?," 18 Aug. 2019 Slick Rick, the rap innovator with the sing-song flow and storytelling lyrical approach, will be in the house – the house being the East Club Lounge of Paul Brown Stadium where the Thursday show takes place. Chris Varias,, "Top 5 things we are most excited about at Cincinnati Music Festival," 18 July 2019 Dove really got into it, speak-singing Billie's lyrics with sing-song attitude and even pulling some tough faces; the Eilish Energy was strong. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "Dove Cameron Performed Billie Eilish's Hit Song "Bad Guy" on CapitalFM," 28 May 2019 Vonk has done a similar, anecdotal experiment with her own cats, in which her husband says all sorts of silly names in a sing-song voice to see if the pets respond. Carrie Arnold, National Geographic, "Cats know their names—why it's harder for them than dogs," 4 Apr. 2019 Some of these songs sound like nihilistic sing-alongs that mix glitchy drum programming and sleepy guitar parts. John Adamian,, "Emo-rapper Cold Hart to play the Space Ballroom," 23 Aug. 2019 Based on that name-drop and Jean's Game Boy console, the story is unfolding in the early '90s — as Italian audiences surely will deduce from the pop songs that spark car sing-alongs and celebratory dancing in key scenes. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Magari' ('If Only'): Film Review | Locarno 2019," 8 Aug. 2019

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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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