intone

verb
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

Synonyms for intone

Synonyms

chant, intonate, sing

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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

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Jack intoned, less convincingly this go-round behind a muffling hand. Mike Kerrigan, WSJ, "My Brother the Car Horn," 27 Nov. 2018 Chaplain Barry Black intoned as the Senate convened. Andrew Taylor, The Seattle Times, "Senate sets up showdown votes on shutdown plans," 22 Jan. 2019 Many lush and surprisingly bloody battles take place between scenes in which men stand around in fields, tents, and palaces intoning meaningfully about duty, loyalty, the land, and freedom. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Netflix’s Outlaw King, starring Chris Pine as a Scottish warrior-king, is bloody medieval fun," 9 Nov. 2018 President Gerald Ford intones over the opening montage of a busted-up and burning city. Stephen Metcalf, The Atlantic, "Jean-Michel Basquiat Is Still an Enigma," 24 June 2018 Sanders intoned in a two-minute excerpt from Debs’ Canton speech. Erick Trickey, Smithsonian, "When America’s Most Prominent Socialist Was Jailed for Speaking Out Against World War I," 15 June 2018 Madonna intones at the start of the album over an impossibly lonely ambient soundscape. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "Madonna's 'Ray of Light' at 20: Her Collaborators Look Back on the Electronic Pop Milestone," 23 Feb. 2018 Michael Shannon, playing the brothers’ mysterious rodeo clown father, intones a voice-over about hustling, kicking up a ruckus and the cosmic spirituality of the universe. Katie Walsh, latimes.com, "Review: Lou Taylor Pucci enlivens wild and wooly 'Poor Boy'," 12 July 2018 The words of her book are intoned, projected, slipped into our hands on streams of ribbon. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "SITI Company and Ann Hamilton set sail for Virginia Woolf's 'To the Lighthouse'," 30 Apr. 2018

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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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The first known use of intone was in 1513

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intone

verb

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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