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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.]

in·tone′ment n.
in·ton′er n.


an act of intoning
References in classic literature ?
The voice in the dark began intoning a mad litany, line by line, and I and the rest to repeat it.
Something in her voice made Miss Bartlett repeat her question, intoning it more vigorously.
the cooing of a donkey intoning its prayer to the evening star.
When I met him he was returning from a pilgrimage, and I heard him intoning the prayer of sunset.
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Though I thoroughly enjoy listening to music, singing hymns, and intoning the liturgy, both my natural musical ability and my formal training in this arena is, shall we say, limited.
Class begins with students intoning vowel sounds in stillness from the depths of the pelvis.
In her single-channel video piece, Lacusta similarly plays mouthpiece for the language of others--in this case, intoning the phrase "You're a lousy lover" every which way, without ever ceasing to implicate LA's fickle, star-crazy audience.
And in "Winter," Madelyn Byrne favors bowed crotales (ancient finger cymbals) layered with a voice intoning a haiku, and the work is suitably arresting.
Friday's two- hour cheap documentary clip-job, ``Elvis By the Presleys,'' features ex-wife Priscilla - whose own miniseries, based on her book, paints the dark side of their relationship - piously intoning, ``Family is really what he thrived on.
The opening-night ceremony show cased Nobel Prize-winning author Wole Soyinka, intoning from a balcony his epic poem "Samarkand," which played on the concept of the world as a marketplace and set the tone for the intercultural excursions to come.
Maybe it's natural that after an avalanche of art predicated on personal expression, with "authentic" voices intoning the contents of their souls and soliciting us to care about this or that woeful injustice, we would gravitate to pure fantasy and made-up misadventures.