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perorate

[ per-uh-reyt ]
/ ˈpɛr əˌreɪt /
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verb (used without object), per·o·rat·ed, per·o·rat·ing.

to speak at length; make a long, usually grandiloquent speech.
to bring a speech to a close with a formal conclusion.

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Origin of perorate

First recorded in 1595–1605; from Latin perōrātus, past participle of perōrāre; see origin at per-, orate

OTHER WORDS FROM perorate

per·o·ra·tor, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for perorate

perorate
/ (ˈpɛrəˌreɪt) /

verb (intr)

to speak at length, esp in a formal manner
to conclude a speech or sum up, esp with a formal recapitulation
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