[ aw-reyt, oh-reyt, awr-eyt, ohr-eyt ]
/ ɔˈreɪt, oʊˈreɪt, ˈɔr eɪt, ˈoʊr eɪt /

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

to deliver an oration; speak pompously; declaim.

Nearby words

  1. orante,
  2. orantes,
  3. oraria,
  4. orarion,
  5. orarium,
  6. orate fratres,
  7. oration,
  8. orator,
  9. oratorian,
  10. oratorical

Origin of orate

First recorded in 1590–1600; back formation from oration

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British Dictionary definitions for orating


/ (ɔːˈreɪt) /

verb (intr)

to make or give an oration
to speak pompously and lengthily
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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.

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