intone

verb in·tone \ in-ˈtōn \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of intone

intoned; intoning
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

intoner

noun

Examples of intone in a Sentence

  1. “Coming soon to a theater near you,” the announcer intoned.

  2. “The day is begun,” the narrator intoned

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Origin and Etymology of intone

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

intone Synonyms

Synonyms
intonate, chant, sing
Related Words
bellow, belt, roar; chime, chorus

INTONE Defined for English Language Learners

intone

verb

Definition of intone for English Language Learners

  • : 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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