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1. phrase spoken repeatedly by crowd: a phrase or slogan repeatedly and rhythmically spoken, often with a simple singsong intonation, especially in unison by a crowd or group
2. MUSIC music for religious passage: a musical passage in which words or syllables are sung on the same note, or a single word or syllable is sung on a series of notes. Chants are used in psalms, canticles, and other parts of a religious service.
3. CHRISTIANITY hymn or prayer sung to chant: a psalm, hymn, or prayer sung to a chant
4. something spoken monotonously or repetitiously: a monotonous or repetitive song or intonation of the voice
vti (past chant·ed, past participle chant·ed, present participle chant·ing, 3rd person present singular chants)
1. repeat slogan continually: to speak a slogan repeatedly and rhythmically with a simple singsong intonation
2. CHRISTIANITY sing hymn or prayer as chant: to sing or intone part of a religious service as a chant
3. utter monotonously: to speak or sing something monotonously
[14th century. Via French, "song," from Latin cantus , from the past participle of canere "to sing" (source of English accent and incentive).]