intonation

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noun in·to·na·tion \ˌin-tə-ˈnā-shən, -(ˌ)tō-\

Definition of intonation

  1. 1 :  something that is intoned; specifically :  the opening tones of a Gregorian chant

  2. 2 :  the act of intoning and especially of chanting

  3. 3 :  the ability to play or sing notes in tune

  4. 4 :  manner of utterance; specifically :  the rise and fall in pitch of the voice in speech

intonational

play \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of intonation in a sentence

  1. identical sentences, differing only in intonation

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First Known Use of intonation

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INTONATION Defined for English Language Learners

intonation

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noun in·to·na·tion \ˌin-tə-ˈnā-shən, -(ˌ)tō-\

Definition of intonation for English Language Learners

  • : the rise and fall in the sound of your voice when you speak


INTONATION Defined for Kids

intonation

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noun in·to·na·tion \ˌin-tə-ˈnā-shən\

Definition of intonation for Students

  1. :  the rise and fall in pitch of the voice in speech



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