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Meaning of INTONATE

Pronunciation:  'intow`neyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  recite with musical intonation; recite as a chant or a psalm; "The rabbi chanted a prayer"
  2. [v]  speak carefully, as with with rising and falling pitch or in a particular tone; "pleas intonated with sadness"

INTONATE is a 8 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: cantillate, chant, intone
 See Also: judge, label, pronounce, sing, singsong



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \In"to*nate\, v. i. [L. intonatus, p. p. of intonare to
    thunder, resound.]
    To thunder. [Obs.] --Bailey.
  2. \In"to*nate\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Intonated}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Intonating}.] [See {Intone}.]
    1. (Mus.) To sound the tones of the musical scale; to
       practice the sol-fa.
    2. To modulate the voice in a musical, sonorous, and measured
       manner, as in reading the liturgy; to intone.
  3. \In"to*nate\, v. t.
    To utter in a musical or sonorous manner; to chant; as, to
    intonate the liturgy.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: anthem, ballad, carol, chant, chirp, chirrup, choir, chorus, croon, descant, do-re-mi, hum, hymn, inflect, intone, lilt, minstrel, modulate, pipe, psalm, quaver, roulade, serenade, shake, sing, sing in chorus, sol-fa, solmizate, tremolo, trill, troll, tweedle, tweedledee, twit, twitter, vocalize, warble, whistle, yodel