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Definition of sing verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sing
    he / she / it sings
    past simple sang
    past participle sung
    -ing form singing
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to make musical sounds with your voice in the form of a song or tune She usually sings in the shower. I just can't sing in tune! He was dancing around and singing at the top of his voice (= very loudly). sing to somebody He was singing softly to the baby. sing something to somebody We all sang “Happy Birthday” to her. Will you sing a song to us? sing somebody something Will you sing us a song? sing something Now I'd like to sing a song by the Beatles. sing someone to sleep She sang the baby to sleep (= sang until the baby went to sleep). Topic CollocationsMusiclistening listen to/enjoy/love/ (informal) be into music/classical music/jazz/pop/hip-hop, etc. listen to the radio/an MP3 player/a CD put on/play a CD/a song/some music turn down/up the music/radio/volume/bass go to a concert/festival/gig/performance/recital copy/burn/rip music/a CD/a DVD download music/an album/a song/a demo/a videoplaying play a musical instrument/the piano/percussion/a note/a riff/the melody/a concerto/a duet/by ear sing an anthem/a ballad/a solo/an aria/the blues/in a choir/soprano/alto/tenor/bass/out of tune hum a tune/a theme song/a lullaby accompany a singer/choir strum a chord/guitarperforming form/start/join/quit/leave a band (informal) get/put a band together give a performance/concert/recital do a concert/recital/gig play a concert/gig/festival/venue perform a concert/(live) in concert appear at a festival/live go on/embark on a (world) tourrecording write/compose music/a ballad/a melody/a tune/a song/a theme song/an opera/a symphony land/get/sign a record deal be signed to/be dropped by a record company record/release/put out an album/a single/a CD be on top of/top the charts get to/go straight to/go straight in at/enter the charts at number one
  2. 2[intransitive] (of birds) to make high musical sounds The birds were singing outside my window.
  3. 3[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to make a high ringing sound like a whistle Bullets sang past my ears. She felt faint and the blood was singing in her head. The kettle was singing away on the stove.
  4. Idioms
    it's not over until the fat lady sings (saying)
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    used for saying that a situation may still change, for example that a contest, an election, etc. is not finished yet, and someone still has a chance to win it
    sing a different tune
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    to change your opinion about someone or something or your attitude toward someone or something
    Phrasal Verbssing along (with somebody/something)sing of somethingsing out