to let out one's breath audibly, as from sorrow, weariness, or relief.
to yearn or long; pine.
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.
- sigher, noun
- outsigh, verb (used with object)
- un·sigh·ing, adjective
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How to use sigh in a sentence
I can’t be the only parent who quietly breathed a sigh of relief when we were told only one parent could attend sporting events, and no parents could watch practices.Freed from the pre-pandemic rush, my teen rediscovered a beloved hobby — and so did I | Kristen Chase | January 12, 2021 | Washington Post
It’s a new year, and considering what the last one was like it’s not surprising that so many of us are breathing a sigh of relief.
I always thought that when I get to Medicare age I’ll be able to breathe a sigh of relief.Seniors face steep drug costs as Congress stalls on capping Medicare out-of-pockets | lbelanger225 | December 28, 2020 | Fortune
All three of those teams can breathe a slight sigh of relief, though, because peaking toward the end of the regular season is not required for playoff success.The Steelers, Saints and Rams aren’t finishing strong. For the playoffs, it might not matter. | Neil Greenberg | December 26, 2020 | Washington Post
Investors are likely already breathing a sigh of relief that more aggressive policies, in their view, will be avoided.Stocks rise on game-changing news: A new President and a possible vaccine | Anne Sraders | November 9, 2020 | Fortune
When someone explained, she sighed: “I wish that all that would be over soon.”
Stittsworth sighed and gazed out the window, whereupon he noticed a male goat mounting a female goat with extreme vigor.The Strange, True Tale of the Old-Timey Goat Testicle-Implanting 'Governor' | Penny Lane | September 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was about, as James Bond once sighed to Dr. No, “world domination, the same old story.”
What is wanted is not the sacrifice of their money,” he sighed, “but of their pride.Today’s Wonky Elite Is in Love With the Wrong French Intellectual | James Poulos | April 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
That was the point in the article where I sighed a deep "thank you" to Prof. Gavison.
"It's always the way with them," sighed Miss Grains, who suffered from a complication of romantic tendency and very tight stays.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
He sighed as he laid the papers on the table; for he thought the task would be a harder one than even his own immolation.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
“Well, mistakes is humant,” sighed Sol, taking advantage of that universal absolution.The Bondboy | George W. (George Washington) Ogden
“Well, I hope he does,” sighed Sol, the sigh being breathed to give expression of what remained unspoken.The Bondboy | George W. (George Washington) Ogden
So with its completion, he wrapped it carefully, and sent it to a Chicago publisher, while he sighed with relief.The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
British Dictionary definitions for sigh
(intr) to draw in and exhale audibly a deep breath as an expression of weariness, despair, relief, etc
(intr) to make a sound resembling this: trees sighing in the wind
(intr often foll by for) to yearn, long, or pine
(tr) to utter or express with sighing
the act or sound of sighing
- sigher, noun
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