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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (to make musical sounds with the voice)
a. cantar (person, bird)
He's always sung like an angel.Siempre ha cantado como un ángel.
2. (to sound)
a. silbar (wind, kettle)
The wind was singing softly through the trees.El viento silbaba suavemente por los árboles.
b. zumbar (ears)
His ears were still singing from the noise of the airplanes.Seguían zumbándole los oídos del ruido de los aviones.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g., skinny, grandma).
(to confess)
a. cantar (colloquial)
Don't worry. We'll soon make him sing.No te preocupes. Pronto lo haremos cantar.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
4. (to perform a song or a tune)
a. cantar
She began to sing a beautiful Italian song.Empezó a cantar una bella canción italiana.
b. entonar (tunefully)
They were singing Christmas carols outside the church.Entonaban villancicos en la puerta de la iglesia.
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(pt sang [sæŋ], pp sung [sʌŋ])
transitive verb
1. cantar (song)
  • to sing somebody to sleep arrullar a alguien
intransitive verb
2. cantar (person, bird); pitar (kettle)
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sing [sɪŋ] sang (past)sung (participle:past)
transitive verb
[+song, words] cantar; (intone) entonar
sing us a song! ¡cántanos una canción!; the words are sung to the tune of ... la letra se canta con la melodía de ...
to sing a lullaby the nightingale sang its doleful song "Good morning Mr. Brown", sang the children as the Headmaster came in the congregation sang the psalm
she sings alto canta contralto; to sing a child to sleep arrullar a un niño; adormecer a un niño cantando
to sing sb's praises cantar las alabanzas de algn
to sing a different tune ver las cosas de otro color
intransitive verb
1 [+person, bird] cantar
"what do you do for a living?" — "I sing" —¿a qué te dedicas? —canto or —soy cantante
He played the organ and sang in the choir She started singing with the band last year Madonna sang about being a 'Material Girl' The minstrel sang of the Wooden Horse, the siege of Troy and its grievous outcome to sing [flat]/[sharp] to sing [out of tune]
to sing to/for sb cantar a algn
my mother used to sing to me when I was a child we have sung for audiences around the world they sang for the royal family
to sing to o.s. cantar solo
as she worked she sang to herself The creature was singing to herself, oblivious of her surroundings
they sang to the accompaniment of the piano cantaban acompañados del piano
to sing for one's supper Salter felt honoured and tried to sing for his supper by making conversation very well, you'll have to sing for your supper though Everyone who came on the air that night had to do a turn, so I told him he had to sing for his supper
2 [+wind, kettle] silbar; [+ears] zumbar
the sound of crickets singing in the fields We still do not know why whales sing The wind sang in the rigging of the boat A kettle was singing on the hob A bullet sang past the top of his head
3 (US) (act as informer) cantar (informal); (confess) confesar
they arrested a man on suspicion of theft and he sang straight away
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