To intone is to to chant in a flat voice. When you recite a poem you had to memorize in English class, you're likely to intone the lines without much expression.

You might intone bad news over the phone, bluntly and unemotionally, and librarians often intone a low command to keep the noise down in the library. People reciting prayers usually intone them as well. In the fourteenth century, the word was entunen, "sing, chant or recite," from a Latin root, intonare, "sing according to tone."

Definitions of intone
  1. verb
    recite with musical intonation; recite as a chant or a psalm
    synonyms: cantillate, chant, intonate
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    speak, chant, or declaim in a singsong
    type of:
    produce tones with the voice
  2. verb
    utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically
    synonyms: chant, tone
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    type of:
    mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize
    express in speech
  3. verb
    speak carefully, as with rising and falling pitch or in a particular tone
    synonyms: intonate
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    type of:
    judge, label, pronounce
    pronounce judgment on
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