Definition of sigh in English:

sigh

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Pronunciation: /sʌɪ
 
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verb

[no object]
1Emit a long, deep audible breath expressing sadness, relief, tiredness, or similar: Harry sank into a chair and sighed with relief
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  • Tori inwardly sighed with relief that they were on a first name basis once again.
  • For those who sigh wearily at this impossible aspiration there are other solutions.
  • He looked up at the sky with a wistful expression, a gust slightly lifting up his long hair, and sighed.
Synonyms
1.1(Of the wind or something through which the wind blows) make a sound resembling a sigh: a breeze made the treetops sigh
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  • All he could hear was the wind sighing in the trees and the soft lap of water against the wall surrounding the lake.
  • A breeze sighed through the branches and we came to a glade, a secret place of fir and silver birch.
  • The constant wind that hugs the hill-side seems to sigh at the memory.
Synonyms
1.2 (sigh for) literary Feel a deep yearning for (someone or something lost, unattainable, or distant): he sighed for days gone by
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  • The joys of rereading might have offered Mallarme a stronger antidote to his ennui than sighing for distant, exotic lands.
  • The words she remembered said, ‘My heart cries for you, sighs for you, dies for you.’
  • Film buffs in Thrissur, tired of watching classics in the DVD format at art house shows, have been sighing for that matchless experience - seeing the magic unfold on the silver screen.
Synonyms
yearn, long, pine, ache, languish, carry a torch; grieve over, cry/weep for/over, fret about, shed tears for; bemoan, rue, miss, mourn, lament, regret the loss/absence of, hanker for/after, eat one's heart out over, hunger/thirst for; cry out for, pant for, crave, have a yen for, dream of

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1A long, deep audible exhalation expressing sadness, relief, tiredness, or similar: she let out a long sigh of despair figurative the councils heaved a sigh of relief when they saved over £6m between them
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  • They looked at each other for a moment, and then Lisa let out a sigh of what sounded like frustration.
  • I don't expect you to run wailing through the streets but couldn't you rustle up a small sigh of regret?
  • Passengers waiting on the platform breathe a collective sigh of exasperation.
1.1A gentle sound resembling a sigh, especially one made by the wind: except for the sigh of the wind, it was very quiet
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  • The only sound was the sigh of the wind across the Pripyat marshes, accelerating to a low moan among the squat blocks of flats.
  • The later acoustic-led Thumbing My Way is a sigh on a desert wind.
  • For a moment I only stood where I was, listening to the gurgle of the water and the sighs of the wind.

Origin

Middle English (as a verb): probably a back-formation from sighte, past tense of siche, sike, from Old English sīcan.

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