- to utter with a particular tone or voice modulation.
- to give tone or variety of tone to; vocalize.
- to utter in a singing voice (the first tones of a section in a liturgical service).
- to recite or chant in monotone.
- to speak or recite in a singing voice, especially in monotone; chant.
- Music. to produce a tone, or a particular series of tones, like a scale, especially with the voice.
Origin of intone
Examples from the Web for intone
You know: I am to intone that these pundits think of Obama as an “uppity Negro.”Why the Right Thinks Obama’s a Narcissist—and Why They’re Wrong
September 18, 2014
He shook his head knowingly, as if to intone the word ‘New York,’ were to intone a universal spirit of ‘anything goes’.The Fourth War: My Lunch with a Jihadi
January 21, 2014
Intone, nevertheless, he did; and as badly as mortal man well could!Stories of a Western Town
We will intone the battle-psalms, and from the Lozre to the sea Israel shall arise.Eli and Sibyl Jones
Rufus Matthew Jones
But considered as a whole, the singers are like actors, who intone instead of speaking.The Complete Opera Book
Only a few months before she had seldom seen him intone grace at all.The Imported Bridegroom
I seized the Targa's arm as he was starting to intone his refrain for the third time.Atlantida
- to utter, recite, or sing (a chant, prayer, etc) in a monotonous or incantatory tone
- (intr) to speak with a particular or characteristic intonation or tone
- to sing (the opening phrase of a psalm, etc) in plainsong
Word Origin and History for intone
late 14c., entunen "sing, chant, recite," from Old French entoner "sing, chant" (13c.), from Medieval Latin intonare "sing according to tone," from Latin in- "in" (see in- (2)) + tonus "tone," from Greek tonos (see tenet). A different verb intone was in use 17c.18c., from Latin intonare "to thunder, resound," figuratively "to cry out vehemently," from tonare "to thunder." Related: Intoned; intoning.