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

transitive verb

: to recite with musical tones
cantillation 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, 11 Oct. 2017

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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cantillate was circa 1828

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“Cantillate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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