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[aw-reyt, oh-reyt, awr-eyt, ohr-eyt] /ɔˈreɪt, oʊˈreɪt, ˈɔr eɪt, ˈoʊr eɪt/
verb (used with or without object), orated, orating.
to deliver an oration; speak pompously; declaim.
Origin of orate
First recorded in 1590-1600; back formation from oration Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for orating
Historical Examples
  • I remember her standing by the fire and orating, with her tea cup in her hand.

    Affinities and Other Stories Mary Roberts Rinehard
  • But their opportunity for orating is severely circumscribed.

  • I believe I'd rather see you orating on the streets, like Eliza Provost.

    The Three Black Pennys Joseph Hergesheimer
  • Douglass, was orating, two Irishmen passing by stopped and listened a few minutes, then started on.

    The Southern Soldier Boy

    James Carson Elliott
  • If they don't practise the boys in the art of orating, don't you tell me there's an American citizen with a voice in that society.

    The Fallen Leaves Wilkie Collins
  • When I hear you orating I realize I don't appreciate how profoundly you think and what a splendid brain and vocabulary you have.

    Babbitt Sinclair Lewis
  • They think only of orating, of overwhelming me with their reproaches, instead of aiding me to save the country.

  • Out under the tamaracks the stranger was orating, and punctuating his remarks with a finger tapping in a palm.

    The Plunderer Roy Norton
  • He was great at orating over dead men—especially dead "friends" (as he called his rivals) and dead enemies.

  • He grew more moderate in his orating and the girls, as critics, were better pleased.

British Dictionary definitions for orating


verb (intransitive)
to make or give an oration
to speak pompously and lengthily
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for orating



c.1600, "to pray, to plead," from Latin oratus, past participle of orare "speak, pray, plead, speak before a court or assembly" (see orator). The meaning "make a formal speech" emerged c.1860 in American English as a back-formation of oration. Related: Orated; orating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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