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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.
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.
the cooing of a donkey intoning its prayer to the evening star.
Each year we hear the cadence of his voice intoning his signature summons, "I have a dream.
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.
The set opens with a mysterious organ fill and lesbian singer Lisa Moseatiello intoning, "You're my meat when I am hungry / You're my fever when it's cold" on "Ashtray," but then the passion disappears into a midtempo meander for most of the rest of the disc.
Hear the word meditate release its sound of intoning and murmuring of Scripture.
In this play, a couch-potato husband prefers watching television to having sex with his frustrated wife; men discuss the etiquette of leaving the toilet seat raised or lowered; and a character establishes his film-buff credentials by intoning the most tired lines from ``Casablanca.
The spots showed drug users solemnly intoning "I helped to blow up buildings" and "I helped to kill policemen.
A testament to Tweedy's well-known radio fixation, the title Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (and the sample of an ambiguously accented woman intoning its three words during the coda of "Poor Places") was lifted, uncredited, from The Conet Project, four CDs of eerie recordings of shortwave "numbers stations" that broadcast coded messages to intelligence agents in NATO'S phonetic alphabet.
Especially now that company executives are intoning things about "Getting back to what made this company great," which essentially means "Doing what we've always known how to do," there is a tendency to want to keep one's head down.