intone

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verb in·tone \in-ˈtōn\

Definition of intone

intoned

intoning

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to utter in musical or prolonged tones :  recite in singing tones or in a monotone

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  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>

Origin and Etymology of intone

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


First Known Use: 1513


INTONE Defined for English Language Learners

intone

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verb in·tone \in-ˈtōn\

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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