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v. in·toned, in·ton·ing, in·tones
1. To recite in a singing tone.
2. To utter in a monotone.
1. To speak with a singing tone or with a particular intonation.
2. Music To sing a plainsong intonation.
[Middle English entonen, from Old French entoner, from Medieval Latin intonāre : Latin in-, in; see in-2 + Latin tonus, tone; see tone.]
1. to utter, recite, or sing (a chant, prayer, etc) in a monotonous or incantatory tone
2. (intr) to speak with a particular or characteristic intonation or tone
3. (Classical Music) to sing (the opening phrase of a psalm, etc) in plainsong
[C15: from Medieval Latin intonare, from in-2 + tone]
v. -toned, -ton•ing. v.t.
1. to utter with a particular tone or voice modulation.
2. to give tone or variety of tone to; vocalize.
3. to utter in a singing voice (the first tones of a section in a liturgical service).
4. to recite or chant in monotone.v.i.
5. to speak or recite in a singing voice, esp. in monotone; chant.
[1475–85; earlier entone < Middle French entoner < Medieval Latin intonāre]
Past participle: intoned
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|Verb||1.||intone - utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically; "The students chanted the same slogan over and over again"|
|2.||intone - 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"
|3.||intone - speak carefully, as with rising and falling pitch or in a particular tone; "please intonate with sadness"|