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Definition to speak; or more rarely sing or  play music
The exact meaning of intone can depend upon its context. It can mean:
  • to say something somberly (slowly and seriously without much change in pitch)
  • to speak or sing in a careful manner as with rising and falling pitch
  • to say in a particular tone or pitch
  • "Fair is foul and foul is fair" intone the witches in Macbeth.
intone = say in a chanting voice
  • The bailiff intones, "All Rise! Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye! The Supreme Court of the Great State of Florida is now in session."
  • intones = says in a particular tone or pitch
  • "Under her leadership," a narrator intones, "the city has grown weaker and poorer."
  • intones = says in a serious manner
  • The singer intones a prayer.
  • intones = says in a chanting voice
  • Juliet intones Romeo's name over and over again in the magical balcony scene.
  • intones = says
  • How small is the earth to him who looks from heaven: Mrs Who intoned musically.
    Madeleine L'Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • intoned = said
  • "Nobody suffers here," Charles intoned.
    Madeleine L'Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • intoned = said
  • "What is a father?" Charles Wallace intoned. "Merely another misconception. If you feel the need of a father, then I would suggest that you turn to IT."
    Madeleine L'Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • intoned = said
  • "Finxerunt animi, raro et perpauca loquentis," Mrs Who intoned.
    Madeleine L'Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • intoned = said
  • Then she remembered that when they had been standing before the man with red eyes, and the man with red eyes had been intoning the multiplication table at them, Charles Wallace had fought against his power by shouting out nursery rhymes, and Calvin by the Gettysburg Address.
    Madeleine L'Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • intoning = saying
  • The closest she had come to the feeling before was when she had been practicing artificial respiration with Girl Scouts, and the leader, an immensely powerful woman, had been working on Meg, intoning OUT goes the bad air, IN comes the good! while her heavy hands pressed, released, pressed, released.
    Madeleine L'Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • intoning = saying
  • "I see," intoned Augur, looking from Cooper to Max.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • He paused—but only after he had intoned, and in a most sonorous and really beautiful voice the entire 51st Psalm.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Mothers intone his name to prod their kids to higher achievement.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • "General Service Administration," intoned a disinterested switchboard operator.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • The WOMEN enter, intoning the dirge 'Ale k le' and swaying from side to side.
    Wole Soyinka  --  Death and the King's Horseman
  • See how smart she was, she seems to intone as she compares the picture to my father.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
    Rick Riordan  --  The Hidden Oracle
  • It is good to have form, he intoned.
    Rick Riordan  --  The House of Hades
  • Mr. Quin .... intoned Wilkin.
    Virginia Woolf  --  Mrs. Dalloway

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