[ in-tohn ]
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verb (used with object),in·toned, in·ton·ing.
  1. to utter with a particular tone or voice modulation.

  2. to give tone or variety of tone to; vocalize.

  1. to utter in a singing voice (the first tones of a section in a liturgical service).

  2. to recite or chant in monotone.

verb (used without object),in·toned, in·ton·ing.
  1. to speak or recite in a singing voice, especially in monotone; chant.

  2. Music. to produce a tone, or a particular series of tones, like a scale, especially with the voice.

Origin of intone

1475–85; <Medieval Latin intonāre; replacing earlier entone<Middle French entoner<Medieval Latin; see in-2, tone

Other words from intone

  • in·ton·er, noun
  • half-in·toned, adjective
  • un·in·toned, adjective

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How to use intone in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for intone


/ (ɪnˈtəʊn) /

  1. to utter, recite, or sing (a chant, prayer, etc) in a monotonous or incantatory tone

  2. (intr) to speak with a particular or characteristic intonation or tone

  1. to sing (the opening phrase of a psalm, etc) in plainsong

Origin of intone

C15: from Medieval Latin intonare, from in- ² + tone

Derived forms of intone

  • intoner, noun

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