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Recorded singing from a person.
- (intransitive) To produce musical or harmonious sounds with one’s voice.
- "I really want to sing in the school choir," said Vera.
- (intransitive) To perform a vocal part in a musical composition, regardless of technique.
- (transitive) To express audibly by means of a harmonious vocalization.
- sing a lullaby
- 1852, Mrs M.A. Thompson, “The Tutor's Daughter”, in Graham's American Monthly Magazine of Literature, Art, and Fashion, page 266:
- In the lightness of my heart I sang catches of songs as my horse gayly bore me along the well-remembered road.
- (transitive) To soothe with singing.
- to sing somebody to sleep
- (transitive, intransitive) Of birds, to vocalise:
- (ornithology) To produce a 'song', for the purposes of defending a breeding territory or to attract a mate.
- (literary) To produce any type of melodious vocalisation.
- 1886, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, translated by H.L. Brækstad, Folk and Fairy Tales, page 68:
- The evening was still very warm, and the birds in the woods were singing in praise of spring.
- (intransitive, slang) To confess under interrogation.
- (intransitive) To make a small, shrill sound.
- The air sings in passing through a crevice.
- a singing kettle
- To relate in verse; to celebrate in poetry.
- 1718, Mat[thew] Prior, “Solomon on the Vanity of the World. A Poem in Three Books.”, in Poems on Several Occasions, London: […] Jacob Tonson […], and John Barber […], →OCLC, book II (Pleasure), page 468:
- Again I bid the mournful Goddeſs write / The fond Purſuit of fugitive Delight: / Bid her exalt her melancholy Wing, / And rais'd from Earth, and ſav'd from Paſſion, ſing / Of human Hope by croſs Event deſtroyed, / Of uſeleſs Wealth, and Greatneſs unenjoy'd, […]
- (intransitive) To display fine qualities; to stand out as excellent.
- The sauce really makes this lamb sing.
- 2022 July 7, Sonia Fernandez, “‘Out of the Starting Gate’”, in The Current, University of California, Santa Barbara, archived from the original on 2022-07-07:
- [Alissa Monte said] “This result was all about demonstrating that LZ [the LUX-ZEPLIN experiment] works, and it does! As we take more data and mature our analyses, we get to make LZ sing. […] ”
- (ergative) To be capable of being sung; to produce a certain effect by being sung.
- 1875, Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, volume 118, page 685:
- No song sings well unless it is open-vowelled, and has the rhythmic stress on the vowels. Tennyson's songs, for instance, are not generally adapted to music.
- (Australia) In traditional Aboriginal culture, to direct a supernatural influence on (a person or thing), usually malign; to curse. [from 19th c.]
- 2002, Alex Miller, Journey to the Stone Country, Allen & Unwin, published 2003, page 343:
- ‘We sung them two real good. We never give Louis Beck no place to find rest from his torment.’
Conjugation of sing
|present tense||past tense|
|1st-person singular||sing||sang, sung*|
|2nd-person singular||sing, singest†||sang, sung*, sangest†, sungest†|
|3rd-person singular||sings, singeth†||sang, sung*|
- all-singing all-dancing
- New Guinea singing dog
- overtone singing
- part singing
- scat singing
- sight sing
- sing a different tune
- sing along, sing-along
- sing from the same hymnal
- sing from the same hymnbook
- sing from the same hymn sheet
- singing chambermaid
- singing cowboy
- singing cowboy
- singing dog
- singing fish
- singing flame
- singing girl
- singing ground
- singing ground
- singing hinny
- singing sand
- singing saw
- singing telegram
- singing voice
- sing Kumbaya
- sing like a bird
- sing off the same hymn sheet
- sing out
- sing small
- sing soprano
- sing the praises
- sing the praises of
- sing the same tune
- sing up
- throat singing
to produce harmonious sounds with one’s voice
to express audibly by means of a harmonious vocalization
slang: to confess under interrogation
to relate in verse; to celebrate in poetry
to display fine qualities; to stand out as excellent
sing (plural sings)
- The act, or event, of singing songs.
- I sometimes have a quick sing in the shower.
- 1982, Douglas Adams, Life, the Universe and Everything, page 55:
- Then all three would go off in search of the first, give it a good talking to and maybe a bit of a sing as well.
- 2002, Martha Mizell Puckett, Hoyle B. Puckett, Memories of a Georgia Teacher: Fifty Years in the Classroom, page 198:
- Some of the young folks asked Mrs. Long could they have a sing at her home that Sunday afternoon; she readily agreed, telling them to come early, bring their songbooks, and have a good sing.
- 2016, Kerry Greenwood, Murder and Mendelssohn, Sydney: Allen and Unwin, page 287:
- 'Ah, yes, Miss Fisher, have you had a nice sing?'
- to sing
- gesonge (verbal adjective)
sing (plural singek)
- (archaic) cubit (a unit of linear measure, no longer in use, originally equal to the length of the forearm)
|Inflection (stem in -e-, front unrounded harmony)|
possessive - singular
possessive - plural
|Possessive forms of sing|
|possessor||single possession||multiple possessions|
|1st person sing.||singem||singjeim|
|2nd person sing.||singed||singjeid|
|3rd person sing.||singje||singjei|
|1st person plural||singünk||singjeink|
|2nd person plural||singetek||singjeitek|
|3rd person plural||singjük||singjeik|
- ^ sing in Zaicz, Gábor (ed.). Etimológiai szótár: Magyar szavak és toldalékok eredete (‘Dictionary of Etymology: The origin of Hungarian words and affixes’). Budapest: Tinta Könyvkiadó, 2006, →ISBN. (See also its 2nd edition.)
- sing in Bárczi, Géza and László Országh. A magyar nyelv értelmező szótára (‘The Explanatory Dictionary of the Hungarian Language’, abbr.: ÉrtSz.). Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1959–1962. Fifth ed., 1992: →ISBN
- Lukram Himmat Singh (2013) A Descriptive Grammar of Zou, Canchipur: Manipur University, page 45