can·​til·​late | \ ˈkan-tə-ˌlāt How to pronounce cantillate (audio) \
cantillated; cantillating

Definition of cantillate

transitive verb

: to recite with musical tones

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cantillation \ ˌkan-​tə-​ˈlā-​shən How to pronounce cantillation (audio) \ noun

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Despite the vast altars on which networks make gruesome sacrifices while cantillating to their gods, neither of these shows will last forever. Margaret Lyons, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Mayor,’ ‘9JKL’ and ‘Ghosted’ Offer Three Flavors of Network Comedy," 11 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of cantillate

circa 1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cantillate

Latin cantilatus, past participle of cantilare to sing, perhaps from cantilena

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