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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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 Standing tall at the top, the ape intoned his grating, mechanical laugh. David L. Craddock, Ars Technica, "How a basement hacker transformed Donkey Kong for the Atari 2600," 14 Sep. 2019 Hadid intones in voiceover as Lil Miquela comes into the frame. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "You Are Already Having Sex With Robots," 23 Aug. 2019 Many managers have intoned this mantra over the years but plenty of employees have probably thought to themselves that, deep down, executives place a higher value on the machines on the factory floor or cash in the bank. The Economist, "Employee happiness and business success are linked," 1 Aug. 2019 Its glossy, pleasant sponginess brings to mind ankimo, the steamed monkfish liver dish prized at sushi bars, though of course the flavor of moin moin, seasoned with garlic and red pepper, intones the land rather than the sea. Los Angeles Times, "Nigerian jollof rice and other joys at Mid-City’s Aduke African Cuisine," 25 July 2019 Impeachment, as every pundit intones, is really a political matter rather than a legal one. Michael Kazin, The New Republic, "The Impossibility of Impeachment," 10 June 2019 As the narrator intones about the evil intentions of Russia’s foreign enemies, fragments of Repin’s painting flash across the screen. Noah Sneider, Harper's magazine, "Slash Fictions," 10 May 2019 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

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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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22 Sep 2019

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The first known use of intone was in 1513

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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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