in·​tone | \ in-ˈtōn How to pronounce intone (audio) \
intoned; intoning

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

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Other Words from intone

intoner noun

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Examples of intone in a Sentence

“Coming soon to a theater near you,” the announcer intoned. “The day is begun,” the narrator intoned
Recent Examples on the Web Reality says that another title there would necessitate flying in Al Michaels to intone, courtside, about believing in miracles. Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times, 28 May 2021 At the first station, prayers were intoned for those in the vehicles. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje,, 11 Apr. 2020 Wandering the auditorium and stage in a gold bodysuit, the sad, funny figure of Hinrichs, who is billed as co-director, intones his laconic and disjointed soliloquy with consummate theatricality (and often without a microphone). New York Times, 13 Feb. 2020 Accompanied by piano, drums, bowed bass and fiddle that linger over slow chords, Dylan intones each line with somber clarity. Jon Pareles, New York Times, 27 Mar. 2020 Would-be futurists intoned that the age of skyscrapers was past, that no new iconic high-rises would shadow American cities. John King,, 26 Mar. 2020 Men sat cross-legged or crouched on their knees in a semicircle around a small dais from which the chief mourner rhythmically intoned laments into the microphone. The Economist, 28 Jan. 2020 Bryant intones in voiceover at the start of the film. Tyler Aquilina,, 28 Jan. 2020 Every January, economic forecasters are stars of the show, intoning their predictions in hotel ballrooms and conference rooms packed with business people, public officials and a few reporters. Greg Jefferson,, 17 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of intone

1513, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for intone

Middle French entoner, from Medieval Latin intonare, from Latin in- + tonus tone

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10 Jun 2021

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“Intone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of intone

: to speak (a prayer, poem, etc.) in a way that sounds like music or chanting
: to say (something) in a slow and even voice


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