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intone

verb in·tone \in-ˈtōn\

: to speak (a prayer, poem, etc.) in a way that sounds like music or chanting

: to say (something) in a slow and even voice

in·tonedin·ton·ing

Full Definition of INTONE

transitive verb
:  to utter in musical or prolonged tones :  recite in singing tones or in a monotone
intransitive verb
:  to utter something in singing tones or in monotone
in·ton·er noun
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Examples of INTONE

  1. Coming soon to a theater near you, the announcer intoned.
  2. <The day is begun, the narrator intoned>

Origin of INTONE

Middle French entoner, from Medieval Latin intonare, from Latin in- + tonus tone
First Known Use: 1513

Related to INTONE

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue

Rhymes with INTONE

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