intonate(redirected from intonating)
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tr.v. in·to·nat·ed, in·to·nat·ing, in·to·nates
1. To intone.
2. To utter with a particular tone of voice: pleas that were intonated with desperation.
[Medieval Latin intonāre, intonāt-; see intone.]
1. (Phonetics & Phonology) to pronounce or articulate (continuous connected speech) with a characteristic rise and fall of the voice
2. a less common word for intone
in•to•nate(ˈɪn toʊˌneɪt, -tə-)
v.t. -nat•ed, -nat•ing.
1. to utter with a particular tone or modulation of voice.
2. to intone; chant; recite.
Past participle: intonated
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|Verb||1.||intonate - speak carefully, as with rising and falling pitch or in a particular tone; "please intonate with sadness"|
|2.||intonate - recite with musical intonation; recite as a chant or a psalm; "The rabbi chanted a prayer"|
singsong - speak, chant, or declaim in a singsong
sing - produce tones with the voice; "She was singing while she was cooking"; "My brother sings very well"
vt (Ling) → intonieren