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intone

[in-tohn] /ɪnˈtoʊn/
verb (used with object), intoned, intoning.
1.
to utter with a particular tone or voice modulation.
2.
to give tone or variety of tone to; vocalize.
3.
to utter in a singing voice (the first tones of a section in a liturgical service).
4.
to recite or chant in monotone.
verb (used without object), intoned, intoning.
5.
to speak or recite in a singing voice, especially in monotone; chant.
6.
Music. to produce a tone, or a particular series of tones, like a scale, especially with the voice.
Origin
1475-1485
1475-85; < Medieval Latin intonāre; replacing earlier entone < Middle French entoner < Medieval Latin; see in-2, tone
Related forms
intoner, noun
half-intoned, adjective
unintoned, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for intoner

intone

/ɪnˈtəʊn/
verb
1.
to utter, recite, or sing (a chant, prayer, etc) in a monotonous or incantatory tone
2.
(intransitive) to speak with a particular or characteristic intonation or tone
3.
to sing (the opening phrase of a psalm, etc) in plainsong
Derived Forms
intoner, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Medieval Latin intonare, from in-² + tone
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Word Origin and History for intoner
intone
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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