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

     

    sigh

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//saɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//saɪ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sigh
    BrE BrE//saɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//saɪ//
     
    he / she / it sighs
    BrE BrE//saɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//saɪz//
     
    past simple sighed
    BrE BrE//saɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//saɪd//
     
    past participle sighed
    BrE BrE//saɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//saɪd//
     
    -ing form sighing
    BrE BrE//ˈsaɪɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsaɪɪŋ//
     
    Disappointment
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] to take and then let out a long deep breath that can be heard, to show that you are disappointed, sad, tired, etc. He sighed deeply at the thought. sigh with something She sighed with relief that it was all over. See related entries: Disappointment
  2. 2[transitive] + speech to say something with a sigh ‘Oh well, better luck next time,’ she sighed.
  3. 3[intransitive] (literary) (especially of the wind) to make a long sound like a sigh the sighing of the wind through the trees branches sighing in the wind
  4. Word Origin Middle English (as a verb): probably a back-formation from sighte, past tense of siche, sike, from Old English sīcan.Extra examples He sighed in exasperation. He sighed wearily as he looked at the pile of work. She looked at her son and sighed happily. She sighed heavily and sat down. The girl watching him sighed dreamily. We sighed with relief when the noise stopped.
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