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      vb   , sings, singing, sang, sung  
1    to produce or articulate (sounds, words, a song, etc.) with definite and usually specific musical intonation  
2    when intr, often foll by: to   to perform (a song) to the accompaniment (of)  
to sing to a guitar     
3    intr; foll by: of   to tell a story or tale in song (about)  
I sing of a maiden     
4    intr; foll by: to   to address a song (to) or perform a song (for)  
5    intr   to perform songs for a living, as a professional singer  
6    intr   (esp. of certain birds and insects) to utter calls or sounds reminiscent of music  
7    when intr, usually foll by: of   to tell (something) or give praise (to someone), esp. in verse  
the poet who sings of the Trojan dead     
8    intr   to make a whining, ringing, or whistling sound  
the kettle is singing, the arrow sang past his ear     
9    intr   (of the ears) to experience a continuous ringing or humming sound  
10    tr   (esp. in church services) to chant or intone (a prayer, psalm, etc.)  
11    tr   to bring to a given state by singing  
to sing a child to sleep     
12    intr  
Slang     (chiefly U.S.)   to confess or act as an informer  
13    intr     (Austral)   (in Aboriginal witchcraft) to bring about a person's death by incantation. The same power can sometimes be used beneficently  
14    Informal   an act or performance of singing  
15    a ringing or whizzing sound, as of bullets,   (See also)        sing along       sing out  
     (Old English singan; related to Old Norse syngja to sing, Gothic siggwan, Old High German singan)  
  singable      adj  
  singing      adj, n  
See at ring2  

      abbrev. for   singular  
sing along  
      vb   intr, adv  
1    to join in singing with a performer  
2    such a singsong  
sing out  
      vb   tr, adv   to call out in a loud voice; shout  
Sing Sing  
      n   a prison in New York State, in Ossining  
     (variant of Ossining)  
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1    carol, chant, chirp, croon, make melody, pipe, trill, vocalize, warble, yodel  
2      (slang, chiefly U.S.)   betray, blow the whistle (on)     (informal)   fink (on)     (slang, chiefly U.S.)   grass     (Brit. slang)   inform (on), peach     (slang)   rat (on)     (informal)   shop     (slang, chiefly Brit.)   spill one's guts     (slang)   spill the beans     (informal)   squeal     (slang)   tell all, turn in     (informal)  
3    buzz, hum, purr, whine, whistle  

sing out     
call (out), cooee, cry (out), halloo, holler     (informal)   make oneself heard, shout, shout ahoy, yell  

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