Intone meaning

ĭn-tōn'
To recite in a singing tone.
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To utter in a monotone.
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To speak with a singing tone or with a particular intonation.
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To sing a plainsong intonation.
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To utter or recite in a singing tone or in prolonged monotones; chant.
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To give a particular intonation to.
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To sing or recite the opening phrase of (a chant, canticle, etc.)
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To speak or recite in a singing tone or in prolonged monotones; chant.
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To give tone or variety of tone to; to vocalize.
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To utter with a musical or prolonged note or tone; to speak or recite with singing voice; to chant.

To intone the church service.

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(intransitive) To utter a tone; utter a protracted sound.
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Origin of intone

  • Middle English entonen from Old French entoner from Medieval Latin intonāre Latin in- in in–2 Latin tonus tone tone
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Old French entoner, from Medieval Latin intonare
    From Wiktionary