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intonationnoun

uk   /ˌɪn.təˈneɪ.ʃən/  us   /ˌɪn.təˈneɪ.ʃən/
[C or U] the ​soundchangesproduced by the ​rise and ​fall of the ​voice when ​speaking, ​especially when this has an ​effect on the ​meaning of what is said: The end of a ​sentence that is not a ​question is usually ​marked by ​falling intonation.
[U] the ​degree to which the ​notes of a ​piece of ​music are ​played or ​sungexactly in ​tune: The ​violinist had good intonation, and a ​wonderfulpuretone.
(Definition of intonation from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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intonationnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˌɪn·təˈneɪ·ʃən/
the ​soundchangesproduced by the ​rise and ​fall of the ​voice when ​speaking
(Definition of intonation from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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