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tr. & intr.v. can·ti·lat·ed, can·ti·lat·ing, can·ti·lates
To chant or recite (a liturgical text) in a musical monotone.

[Latin cantilāre, cantilāt-, to sing, from cantāre, to sing; see kan- in Indo-European roots.]

can′til·la′tion n.
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1. (Judaism) the traditional notation representing the various traditional Jewish melodies to which scriptural passages are chanted
2. chanting or intonation
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Noun1.cantillation - liturgical chanting
chanting, intonation - the act of singing in a monotonous tone
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