verb (used with or without object), o·rat·ed, o·rat·ing.
Origin of orate
Examples from the Web for orating
I remember her standing by the fire and orating, with her tea cup in her hand.Affinities and Other Stories|Mary Roberts Rinehard
He was great at orating over dead men—especially dead "friends" (as he called his rivals) and dead enemies.The Rising of the Court|Henry Lawson
Out under the tamaracks the stranger was orating, and punctuating his remarks with a finger tapping in a palm.The Plunderer|Roy Norton
Douglass, was orating, two Irishmen passing by stopped and listened a few minutes, then started on.The Southern Soldier Boy|James Carson Elliott
I believe I'd rather see you orating on the streets, like Eliza Provost.The Three Black Pennys|Joseph Hergesheimer
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.