verb (used with object), intoned, intoning.
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.
verb (used without object), intoned, intoning.
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.

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

intoner, noun
half-intoned, adjective
unintoned, adjective Unabridged
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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
3.  to sing (the opening phrase of a psalm, etc) in plainsong
[C15: from Medieval Latin intonare, from in-² + tone]

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Word Origin & History

late 15c., "to utter in musical tones," from O.Fr. entoner (13c.), from M.L. intonare "sing according to tone," from L. in- "in" + tonus "tone," from Gk. tonos (see tenet). Intonation as a musical term dates from 1776.
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Example sentences
Violins shiver, cellos intone, acoustic guitars twinkle.
There the swells would sip martinis, intone the odd witticism or inanity and occasionally commit some headline indiscretion.
Doctors intone grave warnings about the dangers of stress.
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