transitive verb-·nat·ed, -·nat·ing
transitive verbin·to·nat·ed, in·to·nat·ing, in·to·nates
- To intone.
- To utter with a particular tone of voice: pleas that were intonated with desperation.
Origin of intonateMedieval Latin intonāre intonāt-; see intone .
(third-person singular simple present intonates, present participle intonating, simple past and past participle intonated)
Latin intonatus, past participle of intonare (“to thunder, resound”).