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.
- in·ton·er, noun
- half-in·toned, adjective
- un·in·toned, adjective
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How to use intone in a sentence
He’s not any more interesting when intoning wispily New Age-y threats such as “if dreams disappear, then so will humanity.”‘The Sandman’ suggests some comics are better left off-screen | Inkoo Kang | August 5, 2022 | Washington Post
Every other time I’ve flown in and out of Hong Kong, the airport hums with thousands of travelers, children scampering across the polished floors, announcements intoned in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.I Saw Firsthand What It Takes to Keep COVID Out of Hong Kong. It Felt Like a Different Planet. | by Caroline Chen | January 6, 2022 | ProPublica
Were this sci-fi, a ship’s commander might intone, Set the controls for the center of soul.The Night Sam Cooke Made ‘Chain Gang’ a Hymn to Freedom | Colin Fleming | October 17, 2021 | The Daily Beast
Narrated by an intoning Jeff Daniels, “Inside the President’s War Room” certainly captures the chaos and confusion in the hours after the first plane hit North Tower, as various agencies scramble to figure out the scope of the attacks.What more is there to say about 9/11 on its 20th anniversary? TV specials grapple with that very issue. | Inkoo Kang | September 9, 2021 | Washington Post
He has intoned his political moves with these same anti-establishment, unbeholden notes.“These billionaires are not our friends”: The irony of Elon Musk leading the GameStop revolution | Theodore Schleifer | February 2, 2021 | Vox
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 | John McWhorter | September 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He shook his head knowingly, as if to intone the word ‘New York,’ were to intone a universal spirit of ‘anything goes’.
All four poets intone the strain, "Ye rocks and trees, guard the memory of our love."Frdric Mistral | Charles Alfred Downer
If a student is unable to distinguish a correct intonation, his voice will not intone correctly.The Psychology of Singing | David C. Taylor
It seemed quite out of keeping with his homely manner and crumpled surplice that this particular reader should intone.Stories of a Western Town | Octave Thanet
Brahms permits the bassoon to intone the Fuchslied of the German students in his "Academic" overture.How to Listen to Music, 7th ed. | Henry Edward Krehbiel
Oh, never more for me shall winds intone With all your tops a vast antiphony, Demanding and responding in God's praise!Browning's England | Helen Archibald Clarke
British Dictionary definitions for intone
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
- intoner, noun
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