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verb American English pronunciation: sting /stɪŋ/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theysting
he/she/itstings
present participlestinging
past tensestung
past participlestung
 
  1. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to have or cause a sudden pain or uncomfortable feeling

    The smoke stung her eyes.

    My eyes were stinging because of the salt in the water.

  2. 3
    [transitive] to affect someone, often causing them to react in a particular way

    Stung by their recent defeat, the French are determined to win this time.

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