[aw-reyt, oh-reyt, awr-eyt, ohr-eyt]
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), orated, orating.
to deliver an oration; speak pompously; declaim.

1590–1600; back formation from oration

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orate (ɔːˈreɪt)
1.  to make or give an oration
2.  to speak pompously and lengthily

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Word Origin & History

c.1600, "to pray, to plead," from L. oratus, pp. of orare "pray, plead, speak before a court or assembly" (see orator). The meaning "make a formal speech" emerged c.1860 in Amer.Eng. as a back-formation of oration.
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