- sing [ sıŋ ] (past tense sang [ sæŋ ] ; past participle sung [ sʌŋ ] ) verb ***1. ) intransitive or transitive to make music using your voice:Malcolm likes singing in the shower.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.a ) sing someone to sleep to make someone start sleeping by singing to them:Every night she sings the baby to sleep.2. ) intransitive if a bird sings, it makes musical sounds:Fran awoke to the sound of birds singing.3. ) intransitive VERY INFORMAL to tell someone in authority all the details of a crime, especially one that you have committed4. ) intransitive to make a high continuous sound:high winds making the telephone wires singsing for your supperto do something to help someone else in order to receive something from them, for example a mealsing from the same hymn sheet/song sheet BRITISHwhen people sing from the same hymn sheet, they hide any disagreements between them by agreeing with each other in publicsing someone's/something's praisesto talk about how good someone or something is:Mary likes you. She's always singing your praises.,sing a`long phrasal verb intransitiveto sing a song with someone who is already singing:If you know the words, sing along.sing along with: She started singing along with the song on the radio.,sing `out phrasal verb1. ) intransitive or transitive to call out loudly:Uncle Charlie, Jo sang out.2. ) intransitive to sing with a louder voice,sing `up phrasal verb intransitive BRITISHto sing with a louder voice:Sing up everyone, the people at the back can't hear.
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.