cantillate

[kan-tl-eyt]
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Origin of cantillate

1860–65; < Late Latin cantillātus sung low, hummed (past participle of cantillāre), equivalent to cant- sing (see cant1) + -ill- diminutive suffix + -ātus -ate1
Related formscan·til·la·tion, noun
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cantillate

verb
  1. to chant (passages of the Hebrew Scriptures) according to the traditional Jewish melody
  2. to intone or chant

Word Origin for cantillate

C19: from Late Latin cantillāre to sing softly, from Latin cantāre to sing
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