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Definition of intonation noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ˌɪntoʊˈneɪʃn//
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] (phonetics) the rise and fall of the voice in speaking, especially as this affects the meaning of what is being said intonation patterns In English, some questions have a rising intonation. Her voice was low with a faint regional intonation. compare stress
  2. 2[uncountable] (music) the quality of playing or singing exactly in tune The violin's intonation was poor.
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