[ kan-tl-eyt ]
/ ˈkæn tlˌeɪt /

verb (used with object), can·til·lat·ed, can·til·lat·ing.

to chant; intone.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cantillate


/ (ˈkæntɪˌleɪt) /


to chant (passages of the Hebrew Scriptures) according to the traditional Jewish melody
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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