- 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
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of intone
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 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.