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orate

[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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Related Words for orating

expound, sermonize, pontificate, moralize, vociferate, grandstand, address, lecture, talk, preach

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Historical Examples of orating

  • I remember her standing by the fire and orating, with her tea cup in her hand.

    Affinities and Other Stories

    Mary Roberts Rinehard

  • But their opportunity for orating is severely circumscribed.

  • I believe I'd rather see you orating on the streets, like Eliza Provost.

    The Three Black Pennys

    Joseph Hergesheimer

  • Douglass, was orating, two Irishmen passing by stopped and listened a few minutes, then started on.

    The Southern Soldier Boy

    James Carson Elliott

  • If they don't practise the boys in the art of orating, don't you tell me there's an American citizen with a voice in that society.

    The Fallen Leaves

    Wilkie Collins


British Dictionary definitions for orating

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 orating

orate

v.

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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