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Topic: MUSIC

Language: Old English
Origin: singan

sing

verb
     
sing
sing S1 W2 past tense sang, past participle sung
1

with your voice

[intransitive and transitive]APM to produce a musical sound with your voice:
She can sing beautifully.
Most children enjoy singing.
We had a great time singing some of the old songs.
sing to
My mother used to sing to me when I was young.
He was singing to himself quietly.
sing somebody something
Come on, sing us a song!
I've never been able to sing in tune (=sing the correct notes).
She patiently sang the baby to sleep.
singing
2

birds

[intransitive]HBB if birds sing, they produce high musical sounds:
I could hear the birds singing outside my window.
3

high noise

[intransitive always + adverb/preposition] to make a high whistling sound:
A kettle was singing on the stove.
sing past
A bullet sang past my ear.
4

sing somebody's praises

to praise someone very much:
Mrs Edwards was singing your praises today.
5

sing a different tune

to say something different from what you said before:
You're singing a different tune now!
6

be singing from the same hymn sheet/book

used to say that a group of people all have the same aims or all express the same opinion on a particular subject:
Union representatives are all singing from the same hymn sheet on the issue of pay.
7

give information

[intransitive] informal to tell people everything you know about a crime when they ask you questions about it - used especially by criminals and the police:
I think he'll sing.

sing along

phrasal verb
to sing with someone else who is already singing:
Sing along if you know the words.
sing along to
Jess was singing along to the radio.

sing out

phrasal verb
1

sing out (something)

to shout or sing some words clearly and loudly:
'Freeze!' a shrill voice sang out.
2 American English to sing loudly so that people can hear you easily

sing up

phrasal verb
to sing more loudly:
Sing up, boys, I can't hear you!
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