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orate

[aw-reyt, oh-reyt, awr-eyt, ohr-eyt] /ɔˈreɪt, oʊˈreɪt, ˈɔr eɪt, ˈoʊr eɪt/
verb (used with or without object), orated, orating.
1.
to deliver an oration; speak pompously; declaim.
Origin of orate
1590-1600
1590-1600; back formation from oration
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  • Douglass, was orating, two Irishmen passing by stopped and listened a few minutes, then started on.

    The Southern Soldier Boy James Carson Elliott
  • I remember her standing by the fire and orating, with her tea cup in her hand.

    Affinities and Other Stories Mary Roberts Rinehard
  • They think only of orating, of overwhelming me with their reproaches, instead of aiding me to save the country.

  • But their opportunity for orating is severely circumscribed.

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

    The Three Black Pennys Joseph Hergesheimer
  • He was great at orating over dead men—especially dead "friends" (as he called his rivals) and dead enemies.

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for orating

orate

/ɔːˈreɪt/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to make or give an oration
2.
to speak pompously and lengthily
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Word Origin and History for orating

orate

v.

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.

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