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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
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The voice in the dark began intoning a mad litany, line by line, and I and the rest to repeat it.
When I met him he was returning from a pilgrimage, and I heard him intoning the prayer of sunset.
Something in her voice made Miss Bartlett repeat her question, intoning it more vigorously.
A person who combines the judicial functions of Minos, Rhadamanthus and Aeacus, but is placable with an obolus; a severely virtuous censor, but so charitable withal that he tolerates the virtues of others and the vices of himself; who flings about him the splintering lightning and sturdy thunders of admonition till he resembles a bunch of firecrackers petulantly uttering his mind at the tail of a dog; then straightway murmurs a mild, melodious lay, soft as the cooing of a donkey intoning its prayer to the evening star.
Then, in an aside to camera, he accused them of being immature, intoning spitefully: "How youthful." How pathetic Justin Bobby.
It's sections like these, when Grylls stops talking in exclamation marks, or intoning like a motivational speaker, and lets the story's drama speak for itself, which really draws you in.
right, but a bizarre alliance of both, intoning that old musical "Stop the World, I Want to Get Off."
So when they're intoning their call to arms, You can live anyway you want!
Tchaikovsky's 1812 I can take, Mairzy Doats is bearable, the Flowers of the Forest OK at a pinch, but last week the woman in the seat behind had a phone which erupted every few minutes with a mocksepulchural whine intoning "Message from the darkside..."
Tchaikovsky's 1812 I can take, MairzyDoats is bearable, the Flowers of the Forest is OK at a pinch but last week the woman in the seat behind had a phone which erupted every few minutes with a mock-sepulchural whine intoning "Message fromthe darkside, dearie".
Each year we hear the cadence of his voice intoning his signature summons, "I have a dream." We know that he died too early, at the age of 39, murdered at the prime of his life on April 4, 1968.
Audience participation, a regular Batsheva feature, included "Rachel" (Rachael Osborne) intoning Simon Sez commands, which a surprising percentage of the audience heeded, culminating in dancing in the aisles.