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Definition of the verb intonate

What does intonate mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: intonated | intonating | intonates

  1. speak carefully, as with rising and falling pitch or in a particular tone
    • example: please intonate with sadness
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of intonate: intone
    • more generic words: judge / label / pronounce = pronounce judgment on
  2. recite with musical intonation; recite as a chant or a psalm
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of intonate: cantillate / chant / intone
    • more generic word: sing = produce tones with the voice
    • more specific word: singsong = speak, chant, or declaim in a singsong

Alternative definition of the verb intonate


  1. To intone; to utter.
  2. To thunder or to utter in a sonorous or thunderous voice.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for intonate

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Google previewThe Chambers Dictionary (1998)

intonate' ...

Google previewA dictionary of the English language ... Abstracted from the folio edition ... To this edition are added, a History of the English language, the author's preface to the folio, and a considerable number of words, none of which are contained in the London octavo. The second edition, carefully revised (1764)

To INTONATE. v. a. [ intent, Latin. ] To thunder. INTONATION. / [intonation, Fr. from intonate.] ...

Google previewThe Gentlemlen's Lexicon; Or, A Pocket Dictionary, Containing Nearly Every Work in the English Language (1835)

Being Also Particularly Adapted to the Use of Academies and Schools by William Grimshaw

INTONATE. v. To thunder, pr. par. intonating; past, intonated; s. intonation. INTOX'ICATE. v. To make drunk. pr. par. intoxicating ; past, intoxicated: s. intoxication. INTRACTABLE. adj. Ungovernable ...

Google previewThe Doubleday Roget's Thesaurus in Dictionary Form (2009)

by Sidney L. Landau

chant, hum, croon, intonate. intoxicated adj. inebriated, drunk, drunken, befuddled, besotted, tipsy, boozy, high, stoned (Slang), loaded (Slang), smashed (Slang), zonked (Slang). ant unintoxicated, sober, on the wagon. intractability n. OBSTINACY. intractable adj. obstinate, stubborn, refractory, unmanageable, uncontrollable, ungovernable, recalcitrant, rebellious, contrary, perverse, fractious, headstrong, ornery, ...

Google previewNew Oxford Rhyming Dictionary (2012)

by Oxford University Press

intonate . consternate . alternate .Italianate . resonate . palpate . emancipate . anticipate, ...

Google previewAdams' New Musical Dictionary (1865)

Of Fifteen Thousand Technical Words, Phrases, Abbreviations, Initials, and Signs, Employed in Musical and Rhythmical Art and Science, in Nearly Fifty Ancient and Modern Languages

To intonate; to begin a tune; to sing. Entomo. (Spa.) The act of intoning.

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The intonate of the flowers

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Scrabble value of I1N1T1O1N1A1T1E1

The value of this 8-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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