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Definition of hum verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    hum

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//hʌm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//hʌm//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hum
    BrE BrE//hʌm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//hʌm//
     
    he / she / it hums
    BrE BrE//hʌmz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//hʌmz//
     
    past simple hummed
    BrE BrE//hʌmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//hʌmd//
     
    past participle hummed
    BrE BrE//hʌmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//hʌmd//
     
    -ing form humming
    BrE BrE//ˈhʌmɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʌmɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to sing a tune with your lips closed She was humming softly to herself. He began to hum along with the music. hum something What's that tune you're humming? CollocationsMusicListening listen to/​enjoy/​love/​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 tune/​a lullaby accompany a singer/​choir strum a chord/​guitarPerforming form/​start/​get together/​join/​quit/​leave a band give a performance/​concert/​recital do a concert/​recital/​gig play a concert/​gig/​festival/​venue perform (British English) at/​in a concert/(especially North American English) a 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 top of/​top the charts get to/​go straight to/​go straight in at/​enter the charts at number one
  2. 2[intransitive] to make a low continuous sound The computers were humming away. The overhead wires hummed with power.
  3. 3[intransitive] to be full of activity The streets were beginning to hum with life. The whole room was humming now. Things were beginning to hum.
  4. Word Origin late Middle English: imitative.Extra examples He began to hum, somewhat tunelessly. I was humming along with the music. What’s that tune you’re humming?Idioms
    hum and haw (British English) (North American English hem and haw)
     
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    (informal) to take a long time to make a decision or before you say something We hummed and hawed for weeks before deciding to buy the house.
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