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verb sting pronunciation in American English /stɪŋ/
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present tense
I/you/we/theysting
he/she/itstings
present participlestinging
past tensestung
past participlestung
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] if an insect or an animal stings you, it hurts you by sticking a sharp part of its body into your skin

    He was stung by a wasp.

    Some types of fish can sting.

    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      if a plant stings you, it makes a mark on your skin and hurts you when you touch it
  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 4
    [transitive] literary if tears sting your eyes, you feel as if you are going to cry
  5. 5
    [intransitive] mainly British informal to make someone pay more than they should for something

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