Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “sing”

See all translations

sing

verb uk   /sɪŋ/ (sang, sung) us  

sing verb (MAKE MUSIC)

A1 [I or T] to make musical sounds with the voice, usually a tune with words: The children sang two songs by Schubert at the school concert. We were woken early by the sound of the birds singing. Your grandmother would like you to sing for/to her. [+ two objects] Will you sing us a song/sing a song to us? She sang her baby to sleep every night. Pavarotti is singing Rodolfo (= singing the part of Rodolfo) in "La Bohème" at La Scala this week. Please sing up ( US out) (= sing louder).
More examples

sing verb (RING)

[I] to make or be filled with a (high) ringing sound: A bullet sang past the top of the soldier's head.
singing
noun [U] uk   /ˈsɪŋ.ɪŋ/ us  
Phrasal verbs
Translations of “sing”
in Korean 노래하다…
in Arabic يُغَنّي…
in French chanter…
in Turkish şarkı söylemek…
in Italian cantare…
in Chinese (Traditional) 唱歌, 演唱…
in Russian петь…
in Polish śpiewać…
in Spanish cantar…
in Portuguese cantar…
in German singen…
in Catalan cantar…
in Japanese (~を)歌う…
in Chinese (Simplified) 唱歌, 演唱…
(Definition of sing verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of sing?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “sing” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

be as cold as ice

to be extremely cold

Word of the Day

Let’s celebrate! (words and phrases for parties)

by Kate Woodford,
December 17, 2014
​​​ With Christmas and New Year almost upon us, we thought it a good time to look at the language of parties and celebrations. First, let’s start with the word ‘party’ itself. To have or throw a party or, less commonly, to give a party is to arrange a party: We’re having a

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More