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sigh  

  ( sighs    plural & 3rd person present)   ( sighing    present participle)   ( sighed    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   When you sigh, you let out a deep breath, as a way of expressing feelings such as disappointment, tiredness, or pleasure.  
Michael sighed wearily...      V prep/adv  
Dad sighed and stood up.      V  
      Sigh is also a noun., n-count  
She kicked off her shoes with a sigh...     
2       verb   If you sigh something, you say it with a sigh.  
`Oh, sorry. I forgot.'<emdash>`Everyone forgets,' the girl sighed.      V with quote  
3    If people breathe or heave a sigh of relief, they feel happy that something unpleasant has not happened or is no longer happening.  
sigh of relief             phrase   sigh inflects, PHR after v  
There was a big sigh of relief once the economic reform plan was agreed...     
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sigh     ( sighs    plural & 3rd person present)   ( sighing    present participle)   ( sighed    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   When you sigh, you let out a deep breath, as a way of expressing feelings such as disappointment, tiredness, or pleasure.  
Michael sighed wearily...      V prep/adv  
Dad sighed and stood up.      V  
      Sigh is also a noun., n-count  
She kicked off her shoes with a sigh...     
2       verb   If you sigh something, you say it with a sigh.  
`Oh, sorry. I forgot.'<emdash>`Everyone forgets,' the girl sighed.      V with quote  
3    If people breathe or heave a sigh of relief, they feel happy that something unpleasant has not happened or is no longer happening.  
sigh of relief      phrase   sigh inflects, PHR after v  
There was a big sigh of relief once the economic reform plan was agreed...     

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sigh  


      vb  
1    breathe, complain, grieve, lament, moan, sorrow, sough, suspire     (archaic)  
2      (often with)       for   eat one's heart out over, languish, long, mourn, pine, yearn  

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sight, sighted, sighting, sleigh

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