\ 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

Graham heard him sing at an amateur night performance and took him under his wing. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, "Eddie Money, hit-maker behind ‘Two Tickets to Paradise’ and ‘Baby Hold On,’ dies at 70," 13 Sep. 2019 Leaving the Elgin Theatre following the evening's later screening, moviegoers began singing the show's theme song, echoing a scene in the film. Glenn Whipp,, "Why Tom Hanks’ portrayal of Mister Rogers is more than just one nice guy playing another," 9 Sep. 2019 Well into the night, cars honked and people danced and sang in a spectacle of free expression that would have been impossible during his years in power and reflected hopes for a better future. Fox News, "Robert Mugabe, longtime ruler of Zimbabwe, dead at 95," 6 Sep. 2019 About halfway through, a woman started singing along; her voice was so beautiful. Molly Guthrey, Twin Cities, "2019 Minnesota State Fair breaks all-time attendance record," 1 Sep. 2019 Small will sing at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at the Alaska USA Bluebonnet Stage, at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, and 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, at The Watering Hole, and at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at the Sluicebox. Donna Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska State Fair 2019: Fun from A to Z," 15 Aug. 2019 The family later moved to St Petersburg where Lebedev sang in the choir, performed in theatre and began to learn English, French and German, also teaching himself to play violin. Karen Stapley, Quartz India, "Over 200 years ago, a Russian musician became a pioneer of Bengali theatre," 15 Aug. 2019 Only one of the nine women would allow her name to be used - Patricia Wulf, a mezzo-soprano who sang with Domingo at the Washington Opera. CBS News, "Opera legend Placido Domingo a longtime sexual harasser, at least 9 women allege," 13 Aug. 2019 Between then and when Liverpool started singing this chant on the terraces, the song had been used by fans of Rangers, Genoa, Napoli, Atletico Madrid, Porto and Juventus., "Liverpool (Ambitiously) Attempted to Trademark 'Allez Allez Allez' & 'Six Times'," 30 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The event will include snacks, a sing-along, a roaring contest and wild photo ops. Trevor Fraser,, "Helping puppies is a party with Bow Wow Luau in Orlando," 24 July 2019 But there’s another popular genre of YouTube kids’ media: Channels that post nursery rhymes and animated sing-alongs at an astounding rate, racking up millions of views. Mark Bergen, Los Angeles Times, "YouTube boosting ‘quality’ kids’ videos wreaked havoc on some channels," 1 Aug. 2019 Your preschool-aged kiddos get to join their favorite pups from the animated series for a heroic musical sing-a-long adventure, Dec. 27-29. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "'Paw Patrol' is ready for action and rolling into Louisville with a live show," 17 June 2019 The move to have the crowd sing came after fans broke out into singing O Canada at Oracle Arena after the Raptors' Game 4 win. Charlotte Carroll,, "Raptors Fans Perform 'O Canada' Ahead of NBA Finals Game 5 in Place of Singer," 10 June 2019 Some of the playlists Spotify will offer includes Disney Favorites, Disney Princess and one for sing-alongs. Yan Zhang, USA TODAY, "Spotify launches a Disney Hub with music from Marvel and ‘Star Wars’ films," 17 July 2019 While everyone else wasn't happy to hear them sing-along, fans all over the world have been freaking out and joining in on their sing-along. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Here Are the Lyrics for "The NeverEnding Story" From "Stranger Things"," 17 July 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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