WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020 sigh /saɪ/USA pronunciation
v. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- to let out one's breath with some noise, as from sorrow or relief:[no object]He sighed in resignation.
- [~ + object] to say or express with such a noise:sighed a sigh of relief.[used with quotations]"Yes, I suppose so,'' she sighed, getting up from her bed.
- to make a sound like a sigh:[no object]with the wind sighing in the background.
- the act or sound of sighing:let out a soft sigh of contentment.
(sī),USA pronunciation v.i.
- to let out one's breath audibly, as from sorrow, weariness, or relief.
- to yearn or long;
- to make a sound suggesting a sigh:sighing wind.
- to express or utter with a sigh.
- to lament with sighing.
- the act or sound of sighing.
- 1250–1300; (verb, verbal) Middle English sighen, back formation from sihte sighed, past tense of Middle English siken, sichen, Old English sīcan to sigh; (noun, nominal) Middle English, derivative of the verb, verbal
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
sigh /saɪ/ vb
- (intransitive) to draw in and exhale audibly a deep breath as an expression of weariness, despair, relief, etc
- (intransitive) to make a sound resembling this
- (intransitive) often followed by for: to yearn, long, or pine
- (transitive) to utter or express with sighing
Etymology: Old English sīcan, of obscure originˈsigher n
- the act or sound of sighing
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