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

  1. to deliver an oration; speak pompously; declaim.

verb (intr)

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

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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