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intonate (v.1)

"to intone, recite in a singing voice," 1795, from Medieval Latin intonatus, past participle of intonare "sing according to tone" (see intone). Compare Italian intonare, French entonner. Related: Intonated; intonating.

intonate (v.2)

"to thunder, rumble," 1620s, from past participle stem of Latin intonare "to thunder, thunder forth," from in- (from PIE root *en "in") + tonare "to thunder" (see thunder (n.)). Related: Intonated; intonating.

updated on May 07, 2017

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Definitions of intonate from WordNet

intonate (v.)
speak carefully, as with rising and falling pitch or in a particular tone;
please intonate with sadness
Synonyms: intone
intonate (v.)
recite with musical intonation; recite as a chant or a psalm;
Synonyms: chant / intone / cantillate
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