Definition of intone
: to utter in musical or prolonged tones : recite in singing tones or in a monotone
: to utter something in singing tones or in monotone
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 of intone from the Web
The video has Higgins touring parts of the Nazi-era concentration camp in Poland and intoning a somber narration, including a scene inside one of the former gas chambers where the Auschwitz Memorial prefers that silence be kept.
Steve Bannon intones to a bewildered crowd at a $5,500 per plate GOP fundraiser.
Irons intoned in one laughably pretentious sequence.
Over the course of the 12-minute work, there are radiant brass chorales, luscious strings and a consoling melody intoned by single oboe, then a flute.
All of the music is slow, and very seldom loud; the saxophones sing out long, doleful tunes, or gurgle softly and sympathetically while the chorus intones Traherne’s words in ravishing but ethereal timbres.
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Origin and Etymology of intone
Middle French entoner, from Medieval Latin intonare, from Latin in- + tonus tone
First Known Use: 1513See Words from the same year
INTONE Defined for English Language Learners
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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