from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To recite in a singing tone.
- transitive v. To utter in a monotone.
- intransitive v. To speak with a singing tone or with a particular intonation.
- intransitive v. Music To sing a plainsong intonation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To give tone or variety of tone to; to vocalize.
- v. To utter with a musical or prolonged note or tone; to speak or recite with singing voice; to chant; as, to intone the church service.
- v. To utter a tone; utter a protracted sound.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To utter with a musical or prolonged note or tone; to chant.
- transitive v. To speak with a distinctive or unusual tone in the voice, or in a monotone.
- intransitive v. To utter a prolonged tone or a deep, protracted sound; to speak or recite in a measured, sonorous manner; to intonate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To give tone or variety of tone to; vocalize.
- To bring into tone or tune; figuratively, to imbue with a particular tone of feeling.
- To speak or recite with the singing voice: as, to intone the litany.
- To utter a tone; utter a protracted sound.
- Specifically To use a monotone in pronouncing or repeating; speak or recite with the singing voice; chant.
- In music:
- To produce a tone, or a particular series of tones, like a scale, especially with the voice; sing or chant.
- In plainsong, to sing the intonation of a chant or melody.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. recite with musical intonation; recite as a chant or a psalm
- v. speak carefully, as with rising and falling pitch or in a particular tone
- v. utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically
Middle English entonen, from Old French entoner, from Medieval Latin intonāre : Latin in-, in; see in-2 + Latin tonus, tone; see tone.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)