verb (used with object), cantillated, cantillating.
to chant; intone.

1860–65; < Late Latin cantillātus sung low, hummed (past participle of cantillāre), equivalent to cant- sing (see cant1) + -ill- diminutive suffix + -ātus -ate1

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cantillate (ˈkæntɪˌleɪt)
1.  to chant (passages of the Hebrew Scriptures) according to the traditional Jewish melody
2.  to intone or chant
[C19: from Late Latin cantillāre to sing softly, from Latin cantāre to sing]

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