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[aw-reyt, oh-reyt, awr-eyt, ohr-eyt]
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verb (used with or without object), o·rat·ed, o·rat·ing.
  1. to deliver an oration; speak pompously; declaim.
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Origin of orate

First recorded in 1590–1600; back formation from oration
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Historical Examples

  • We do not all want to sing or all want to orate or all want to paint.

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    Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury

  • He longed to orate about the woman who had his heart; yet she was the one topic that must be shirked.

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    Max Beerbohm

  • Then the lawyer with the black beard arose and began to orate.

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  • Billy, he opened his mouth and he squared himself away to orate some.

  • Odd how Silomio's colleagues in late Ministry find business elsewhere when he rises to orate.

British Dictionary definitions for orate


verb (intr)
  1. to make or give an oration
  2. to speak pompously and lengthily
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Word Origin and History for orate


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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