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From Old French entoner, from Medieval Latin intonare



intone (third-person singular simple present intones, present participle intoning, simple past and past participle intoned)

  1. (transitive) To give tone or variety of tone to; to vocalize.
  2. (transitive) To utter with a musical or prolonged note or tone; to speak or recite with singing voice; to chant.
    to intone the church service
    • 1907, Robert Chambers, chapter 8, The Younger Set[1]:
      But when the moon rose and the breeze awakened, and the sedges stirred, and the cat’s-paws raced across the moonlit ponds, and the far surf off Wonder Head intoned the hymn of the four winds, …
  3. (intransitive) To utter a tone; utter a protracted sound.

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