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verb     sing pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlesinging
past tensesang
past participlesung
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive]Sound effect to make music using your voice

    Malcolm likes singing in the bath.

    sing a song:

    They sang several old familiar songs.

    sing about:

    He sang about his love for the sea.

    sing with:

    Her mother sang with the band in the early days.

    sing softly/loudly:

    Grace was singing softly to herself.

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  2. 2
    [intransitive] if a bird sings, it makes musical sounds

    Fran awoke to the sound of birds singing.

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  3. 3
    [intransitive] to make a high continuous sound
  4. 4
    [intransitive] very informal to tell someone in authority all the details of a crime, especially one that you have committed


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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