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

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 Occasionally, a voice-over will intone portentous, poetic, and obscure observations. Peter Keough,, 26 May 2022 For a cue where the little immigrant mouse Fievel first lays eyes on New York harbor, composer James Horner had the choir intone the famous Emma Lazarus poem inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty. Adrian Daub, Longreads, 3 Sep. 2021 Collier ended his Blue Note show with an impromptu choral exercise, conducting different sections of the crowd to hum and intone an improvisational tune. New York Times, 16 July 2021 Here, Meacham the historian would intone, is how Trump resembles Richard Nixon or Andrew Johnson. Thomas Frank, Harper's Magazine, 22 June 2021 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 See More

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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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