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English verb: sing

1. sing (creation) deliver by singing

SamplesSing Christmas carols.

ExamplesThey will sing the duet

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)interpret, render, sing

Narrower (hyponym)carol, hymn, madrigal, solmizate, troll

Verb groupsing

Domain categorymusic

2. sing (creation) produce tones with the voice

SamplesShe was singing while she was cooking.
My brother sings very well.

ExamplesSam and Sue sing

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP.
Somebody ----s to somebody

Broader (hypernym)mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize

Narrower (hyponym)belt, belt out, cantillate, chant, chirp, choir, chorus, croon, descant, descant, descant on, harmonise, harmonize, hum, intonate, intone, minstrel, place, psalm, quaver, sing, sing along, solmizate, treble, trill, troll, tweedle, vocalise, vocalize, warble, warble, yodel

Domain categorymusic

3. sing (communication) to make melodious sounds

SamplesThe nightingale was singing.

ExamplesThe birds sing in the woods , The woods sing with many kinds of birds

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)emit, let loose, let out, utter

Verb groupsing

4. sing (communication) make a whining, ringing, or whistling sound

SamplesThe kettle was singing.
The bullet sang past his ear.

ExamplesSam and Sue sing


Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)go, sound

5. sing (communication) divulge confidential information or secrets

SamplesBe careful--his secretary talks.

Synonymsbabble, babble out, blab, blab out, let the cat out of the bag, peach, spill the beans, talk, tattle

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)break, bring out, disclose, discover, divulge, expose, give away, let on, let out, reveal, unwrap

Verb groupspill, talk

Antonymskeep one's mouth shut, keep quiet, shut one's mouth

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