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SING, verb intransitive preterit tense sung, sang; participle passive sung.

1. To utter sounds with various inflections of melodious modulations of voice, as fancy may dictate, or according to the notes of a song or tune The noise of them that sing do I hear Exodus 32:18.

2. To utter sweet or melodious sounds, as birds. It is remarkable that the female of no species of birds ever sings. And singing birds in silver cages hung.

3. To make a small shrill sound; as, the air sings in passing through a crevice. O'er his head the flying spear sung innocent, and spent its force in air.

4. To tell or relate something in numbers of verse. sing of human hope by cross event destroy'd.

SING, verb transitive

1. To utter with musical modulation of voice. And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb. Revelation 15:3.

2. To celebrate in song; to give praises to in verse. The last, the happiest British king, whom thou shalt paint or I shall sing

3. To relate or rehearse in numbers, verse or poetry. Arms and the man I sing While stretch'd at ease you sing your happy loves.