a) To give tone or variety of tone to; to vocalize.
b) To utter with a musical or prolonged note or tone; to speak or recite with singing voice; to chant; as, to intone the church service.

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  • Intone — In*tone , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Intoned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Intoning}.] [LL. intonare, intonatum; pref. in in + L. tonus tone. See {Tone} and cf. {Entune}, {Intonate}.] 1. To utter with a musical or prolonged note or tone; to chant; as, to intone… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intone — (v.) late 14c., entunen sing, chant, recite, from O.Fr. entoner sing, chant (13c.), from M.L. intonare sing according to tone, from L. in in (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + tonus tone, from Gk. tonos (see TENET (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • Intone — In*tone , v. i. To utter a prolonged tone or a deep, protracted sound; to speak or recite in a measured, sonorous manner; to intonate. Pope. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intone — index enunciate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • intoné — intoné, ée [ɛ̃tɔne] adj. ÉTYM. XXe (Vendryes, in G. L. L. F.); dér. de intonation. ❖ ♦ Didact., phonét. Pourvu d une intonation. (Qualifié). Qui a telle intonation (qu indique le qualificatif, l adverbe, etc.) …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • intone — *sing, troll, carol, descant, warble, trill, hymn, chant …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • intone — ► VERB ▪ say or recite with little rise and fall of the pitch of the voice. ORIGIN Latin intonare, from tonus tone …   English terms dictionary

  • intone — [in tōn′] vt. intoned, intoning [ME entonen < OFr entoner < ML intonare: IN 1 & TONE] 1. to utter or recite in a singing tone or in prolonged monotones; chant 2. to give a particular intonation to 3. to sing or recite the opening phrase of… …   English World dictionary

  • intone — UK [ɪnˈtəʊn] / US [ɪnˈtoʊn] verb [transitive] Word forms intone : present tense I/you/we/they intone he/she/it intones present participle intoning past tense intoned past participle intoned formal to speak slowly and seriously, without making… …   English dictionary

  • intone — verb Intone is used with these nouns as the object: ↑word …   Collocations dictionary

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