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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Other Words from cantillate

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

Examples of cantillate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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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The first known use of cantillate was circa 1828

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“Cantillate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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