[aw-reyt, oh-reyt, awr-eyt, ohr-eyt]
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Origin of orate

First recorded in 1590–1600; back formation from oration
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verb (intr)
  1. to make or give an oration
  2. 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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