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verb sting pronunciation in British English /stɪŋ/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theysting
he/she/itstings
present participlestinging
past tensestung
past participlestung
  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 spider can sting.

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  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to have or cause a sudden pain or uncomfortable feeling

    My eyes were stinging with the salt in the water.

    The smoke stung her eyes.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of sting
  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.

    1. a.
      to make someone feel angry and upset

      She was stung by her father's criticism.

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

    I was stung twenty quid for this CD.

  6. 6
    [intransitive] British informal to borrow money from someone when they do not really want to give it to you

    How much did he sting you for this time?

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