[aw-reyt, oh-reyt, awr-eyt, ohr-eyt]

verb (used with or without object), o·rat·ed, o·rat·ing.

to deliver an oration; speak pompously; declaim.

Origin of orate

First recorded in 1590–1600; back formation from oration
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Examples from the Web for orated

Historical Examples of orated

  • "That theory is older than the discovery of the antiquated zipper," Spink orated.

    Operation Earthworm

    Joe Archibald

  • "Weighs five pounds if he's an ounce," orated the proud captor.

    A Son of the City

    Herman Gastrell Seely

  • "We put it over this time, and we have right on our side," orated Jane.

    Jane Allen: Center

    Edith Bancroft

  • Kerensky orated in khaki, and Gutchkov served as an officer in the field.

  • I have been very busy, and have orated tremendous, this winter.

    Julia Ward Howe

    Laura E. Richards

British Dictionary definitions for orated


verb (intr)

to make or give an oration
to speak pompously and lengthily
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Word Origin and History for orated



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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