Meaning of “sing” in the English Dictionary

"sing" in British English

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uk /sɪŋ/ us /sɪŋ/ sang, sung

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.
You need to sing up (= sing louder).

More examples

  • There's no need to hang back - you can sing as well as anyone.
  • So let's have a round of applause, please, for a very lovely and talented young lady who is going to sing for us.
  • The children will first sing individually and then together as a group.
  • And then he started to sing. Well, I didn't know where to put myself.
  • He started to sing professionally after leaving college.
noun [ U ] uk /ˈsɪŋ.ɪŋ/ us /ˈsɪŋ.ɪŋ/

(Definition of “sing” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sing" in American English

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singverb [ I/T ]

us /sɪŋ/ past tense sang /sæŋ/ sung /sʌŋ/ , past participle sung /sʌŋ/

to make musical sounds with the voice:

[ T ] She sings really terrible songs in the shower.
[ I ] At dawn, the birds began to sing.
[ I ] We sang along to (= sang with) the radio while driving.
sing someone to sleep

If you sing someone to sleep, you sing until the person goes to sleep:

She sang her baby to sleep.

(Definition of “sing” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)