verb (used with object), in·toned, in·ton·ing.
verb (used without object), in·toned, in·ton·ing.
- intonation pattern,
Origin of intone
Examples from the Web for intone
He shook his head knowingly, as if to intone the word ‘New York,’ were to intone a universal spirit of ‘anything goes’.
Then he began to intone the same weird chant that I had heard in the forest, the people joining in.Latitude 19 degree|Mrs. Schuyler Crowninshield
He should possess a good physical presence, and intone the offices with elegance and precision.Life on a Mediaeval Barony|William Stearns Davis
Only a few months before she had seldom seen him intone grace at all.The Imported Bridegroom|Abraham Cahan
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.