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[aw-reyt, oh-reyt, awr-eyt, ohr-eyt] /ɔˈreɪt, oʊˈreɪt, ˈɔr eɪt, ˈoʊr eɪt/
verb (used with or without object), orated, orating.
to deliver an oration; speak pompously; declaim.
Origin of orate
1590-1600; back formation from oration Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "That theory is older than the discovery of the antiquated zipper," Spink orated.

    Operation Earthworm Joe Archibald
  • "Weighs five pounds if he's an ounce," orated the proud captor.

    A Son of the City Herman Gastrell Seely
  • To Milly's plea that he return to his old allegiance, he orated dramatically upon Ernestine and la femme in general.

    One Woman's Life Robert Herrick
  • "We put it over this time, and we have right on our side," orated Jane.

    Jane Allen: Center Edith Bancroft
  • From morning until evening, at all times, opportune and otherwise, Mary orated.

  • I have been very busy, and have orated tremendous, this winter.

    Julia Ward Howe Laura E. Richards
  • Kerensky orated in khaki, and Gutchkov served as an officer in the field.

  • I have orated much against the American hotel clerk and his diamond pin and cool insolence, but I shall never do it again.

    Nasby in Exile David R. Locke
  • Next, the captain turned to his many passengers and orated in bêche-de-mer English.

    Jerry of the Islands Jack London
  • Octavius, by the way, orated over Antony and his dusky hussy later on in Egypt, and they were the most "famous pair" in the world.

British Dictionary definitions for orated


verb (intransitive)
to make or give an oration
to speak pompously and lengthily
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for orated



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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