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sing
past tense sang past participle sung
American English: /sɪŋ/
British English: /sɪŋ/

Translation of sing in Spanish:

intransitive verb

  • 1 1.1
    (person/bird)
    cantar
    to sing alto/bass
    tener voz de tenor/de bajo
    a mother was singing to her child
    una madre le cantaba a su hijo
    she sings to (the accompaniment of) the guitar
    canta acompañada de la guitarra
    Example sentences
    • And those closing strains die away, and the finale begins, a faint chorus of distant voices singing in unison, the orchestra silent.
    • This opens strikingly with the high voices singing unaccompanied in unison.
    • Make a tape of your own voice talking or singing to the baby.
    Example sentences
    • Like most birds, zebra finches sing as the sun rises.
    • Tall, thick-branched trees surrounded her and there was nothing but the sounds of the birds singing amidst the trees.
    • There are no bombs in this world; the sounds are just of tree growing and birds singing.
    1.2
    (wind/kettle)
    silbar
    my ears are singing
    me zumban or me silban los oídos
    Example sentences
    • Through the enveloping silence came the sound of the wind singing through the passes.
    • Dad tunes the Kingswood once a month like a classical musician would tune his violin, and the engine sings.

transitive verb

  • 1
    (song/tune/chorus)
    cantar
    entonar
    sing me a song
    cántame una canción
    to sing somebody to sleep
    cantarle a alguien para que se duerma
    arrullar a alguien cantando
    a sung mass
    una misa cantada
    to sing a different song o tuneif you were seventy, you'd be singing a different tune
    si tuvieras setenta años, no opinarías lo mismo
    Example sentences
    • To add to the atmosphere, members of Newport Choir and friends sang carols and Christmas songs under the Christmas Tree.
    • After a couple of songs the members sang ditties from the latest movies.
    • They revived the handbell choir, answering God's invitation to sing a new song.
  • 2 (celebrate) [literary]
    (hero/exploits/beauty)
    cantar
    Example sentences
    • I have sung of women in three cities, they are all the same.
    • Think of all the things Sinatra ever sang of.
    Example sentences
    • He knew Himself to sing, and build the lofty rhyme.

Phrasal verbs

sing along

verb + adverb
to sing along (with somebody)

sing of

verb + preposition + object
[literary]
cantar [literary]

sing out

1verb + adverb
(person/choir)
cantar (fuerte y claramente)
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object [colloquial]
(instruction)
dar
to sing out somebody's name
llamar a alguien

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