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As her head went beneath the surface she heard Jem intoning, "Jean Louise Finch, I baptize you in the name of—"
Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  to speak in a solemn manner

or much more rarely:  to speak or sing in a careful manner as with rising and falling pitch or in a particular tone — especially the opening phrase of a Gregorian chant
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intoned intones intone intoning
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  • As her head went beneath the surface she heard Jem intoning, "Jean Louise Finch, I baptize you in the name of—"
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • "Forgive him, oh hallowed Aspirant," Tristas intones, blue eyes sparkling.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Don’t give him the satisfaction," Greta intones.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • " ’He will be great," ’ Sebastian intoned, " ’and he will be called the Son of the Highest, and the Devil will give him the throne of his father.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire

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  • He spread his arms dramatically and intoned.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • "Number two," he intones.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Out of My Mind
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • "Steady," Rhonda intoned again, just loud enough for the children to hear.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • "Finxerunt animi, raro et perpauca loquentis," Mrs Who intoned.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • But he took his duties seriously, asking the groom and the bride in turn if they promised to be loving and caring, and after they both said "I do," he laid his hands on their shoulders and intoned, "Go in peace, my children."
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread

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  • "She’s yanking your chain"—when Dina does things like intone "the Tribe has spoken" when Molly expresses an opinion.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • "But this I tell / To you, your ROV, and 12-volt battery," the sailor intoned in the competition mission statement.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • Words that mean nothing, really, just sounds intoned into vastness and darkness, little scrabbling attempts to latch on to something when we’re falling.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • "Saul," I intoned, trying to sound like a miniature Yahweh.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • His snarling insult of the night before, and his general mistreatment of Sophie, had trespassed on my dreams all night in various allusive masks and guises, and now to awake to behold the same midcentury urban face intoning these hokey antebellum lyrics was simply more than I could tolerate.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • "It will not help," Coach Hedge intoned.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • The corporal, a young man with a stupid, beefy face and broad shoulders, glanced wildly about the room seeking inspiration, then drew himself up to attention and intoned, Buxom Meg, she washed my clothes, And took them all away.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • I felt a surge of triumph rippling through me when the judge struck his gavel and intoned, "Bail denied."
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • The intoning of the litany proceeds.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Now, holding out his hands toward her, he intones: In nomine Domini Sabaoth sui filiique ite ad infernos.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • "It is both a time for repentance and a time for thanks," intones the mayor.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • "Early to bed and early to rise," Mazer intoned, "makes a man stupid and blind in the eyes."
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • "Blessed is he who forsakes his father and his mother for my sake," he intoned.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • "God—or idols," intoned the imam gravely.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Willie yelped, "Le’s go!" The music shrilled out, the caller intoned the figures, the feet thudded on the platform.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • "Funny," he intoned funereally, "how just when you think life can’t possibly get any worse it suddenly does."
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • "Hunt Desjardins," she intoned.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • "We’ll see," Mom intoned, her favorite phrase.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • "I never drink …. wine," he intoned in his thick Hungarian accent.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • Nico intoned.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • "I will accept that responsibility on behalf of all my brothers," my uncle Pedro intoned.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • ’You’d better come along with us, Father,’ a lean, hawk-faced major on the chaplain’s other side intoned with reverential sorrow.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Outside the car, the pale wash of halogen headlights skimmed over the crushed gravel parkway, the rugged whir of the tires intoning a hypnotic rhythm.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • "Ladies, ladies," he intoned.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • "If there is anyone here who objects to this union, let him speak now or forever hold his peace," the archbishop intoned.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • "The house-elf’s highest law is his Master’s bidding," intoned Kreacher.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Human,’ she intoned, her voice suddenly resonating with bass tones, ’your will is mine.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • booming success, intoning, Ha!
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • On festival days and Sundays four mother precentors intone the offices before a large reading-desk with four places.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • "Virgin most faithful," her mother intoned.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • He had already struggled through one Friday’s worth, with Hermione sitting next to him intoning "ignore them, ignore them, ignore them" under her breath, and he couldn’t see why today should be any better.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • It is a line made to be intoned slowly, not singsong.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • See how smart she was, she seems to intone as she compares the picture to my father.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • "What a dolt my father sends me for weaponry," Paul intoned.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • "Ahmen!" the preacher intoned fervently.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • Reaching through the barrier in his mind, he delved into the magic and intoned: "Atra nosu waise vardo fra eld hornya…… There, now we may speak without being overheard by man, dwarf, or elf."
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • "Yes," Brother Leon intoned, "the quota is doubled this year because we have more at stake than ever before."
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • Bells began to tinlde; at their sound the priests began intoning the prayers, one taking up where the other left off.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • Mothers intone his name to prod their kids to higher achievement.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • He held the bowl aloft and intoned: —Introibo ad altare Dei.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
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