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verb (used with object), can·til·lat·ed, can·til·lat·ing.
  1. to chant; intone.
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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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Related Words

serenade, chant, warble, whistle, shout, croon, hum, wait, intone, recite, solo, descant, resound, hymn, purr, vocalize, harmonize, troll, groan, chirp

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Historical Examples

  • Does Mr. Arnold Bennett cantillate his "copy" into the horn of a graphophone or use a motor-stylus?

    Punch or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, March 24, 1920.


British Dictionary definitions for cantillate


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

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