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hum

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishhumhum1 /hʌm/ ●○○ verb (hummed, humming) 🔊 🔊 1 [intransitive, transitive]SING to sing a tune by making a continuous sound with your lips closedhum to yourself 🔊 Tony was humming to himself as he drove along. 🔊 He began to hum a tune.2 [intransitive]SOUND to make a low continuous sound 🔊 Machines hummed on the factory floor.3 [intransitive]BUSY PLACE if a place hums, it is full of activity – use this to show approvalbusy 🔊 By nine o'clock, the restaurant was humming.hum with 🔊 The streets were humming with life.4 hum and haw→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
humLow interest rates make borrowing easier and keep the economy humming.Musicals are uplifting, and you are sure to leave the theatre humming a cheerful tune.The volume of the world was turned up so the air molecules hummed a deep bass note.The windows of the car were open and they hummed along at a steady cruising speed meeting very little traffic.Carol hummed along to the song on the radio.The computer was still on, humming away.Limbs and trunks rubbed together and intermingled, humming deep tunes like giant bass fiddles.Quietly, under my breath, I began humming Handel.Hum of black machinery, humming hate and death and other hospital secrets.Sewing machines hummed on the factory floor.The refrigerator hummed softly in the corner.She hummed softly to herself as she worked.hum to yourselfI put my pyjamas on and hum to myself.I run home, skipping and humming to myself.Robot tenders puttered briskly through the water, humming to themselves.Tony was humming to himself as he drove along but Freddie sat silent, sulking over the raid that never was.He was humming to himself as he drove - occasionally contributing to the conversation - a placid, contented family man.He hummed to himself as they continued northwards.She will lie in the soapsuds, humming to herself, till two in the morning.
humhum2 noun [singular] 🔊 🔊 1 SOUNDa low continuous soundhum of 🔊 the distant hum of trafficsee thesaurus at sound2 hum of excitement/approval etc
Examples from the Corpus
humthe distant hum of trafficThere was a low hum of conversation.The electric light was burning and mixers and other equipment were making a steady hum.The steady hum of the drilling rigs and the rough growls of heavy machinery moving on the road smear the coastal quiet.the hum of the air conditioningThe hum in the air was from pylons; a cold and nervous electrical hum.Soft, now what be this hum?
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Verb table
hum
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyhum
he, she, ithums
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhummed
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave hummed
he, she, ithas hummed
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad hummed
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill hum
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have hummed
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam humming
he, she, itis humming
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you, we, theyare humming
Past
I, he, she, itwas humming
you, we, theywere humming
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been humming
he, she, ithas been humming
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been humming
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be humming
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been humming
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