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sing

(past tense of/pasado de sang past participle of/participio pasado de, sung)
Pronunciation: /sɪŋ/

Translation of sing in Spanish:

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • 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
    • Usually when I feel depressed, I just listen to music and sing along to the songs.
    • The audience joined in the banter and sang along to musical hall songs.
    • My feel my eyes widen when she sings along to the music in perfect pitch.
    Example sentences
    • Is there anything more serious than joy, the dangerous freedom of singing it out?
    • As they neared the quay, youthful voices sang out a greeting.
    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/verbo transitivo

  • 1.1 [song/tune/chorus] cantar, entonar sing me a song cántame una canción to sing sb to sleep cantarle a algn para que se duerma, arrullar a algn cantando a sung mass una misa cantada to sing a different song o tune if you were seventy, you'd be singing a different tune si tuvieras setenta años, no opinarías lo mismo 1.2 (celebrate) [literary/literario] [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.
    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.

Phrasal verbs

sing along

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio
to sing along (with sb) cantar (con algn)

sing of

verb + preposition + object/verbo + preposición + complemento
[literary/literario] cantar [literary/literario]

sing out

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio [person/choir] cantar ([ fuerte y claramente ]) 1.1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento [colloquial/familiar] [instruction] dar* to sing out sb's name llamar a algn

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