\ ȯ-ˈrāt How to pronounce orate (audio) , ˈȯr-ˌāt \
orated; orating

Definition of orate

intransitive verb

: to speak in an elevated and often pompous manner

Examples of orate in a Sentence

given the opportunity, many politicians will orate at considerable length on just about any subject the respected anthropologist is expected to orate about her latest research findings before a packed auditorium
Recent Examples on the Web Marsha, Nate, and Jacob stand on the balcony as Cal begins to orate. Josh St. Clair, Men's Health, 31 Jan. 2022 The surest way to get yanked off the stage — any stage — is to clear one’s throat and begin to orate. Washington Post, 9 July 2021 My cousin, a single mom, had moved back in with my aunt and uncle, and everyone was helping her raise Jiajia — a precocious three-year-old who orated rather than babbled, and loved instructions, dogs, and Fruit-by-the-Foot. Connie Wang, refinery29.com, 10 Feb. 2020 The earliest evidence of it in American written English stems from about the same period that the constitutional framers Collins was referencing were orating, in a 1795 newspaper account from the Charleston City Gazette. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, 19 Dec. 2019 Your professor holds forth in class, lecturing, orating, gesturing, bantering — equal parts pedagogue and performer. Alfred Lubrano, Philly.com, 11 July 2018 Nobody has a right to snatch his 52-million-follower soapbox and begin orating, right? Garrett Epps, The Atlantic, 24 May 2018 Indeed, Duncan, at times, has angrily orated from the bench, especially after reading an article written by a KJZZ reporter suggesting that Corizon and ADC were possibly gaming the system. Michael Kiefer, azcentral, 27 Mar. 2018 The others, including Carey Mulligan’s Detective Inspector Kip Glaspie and John Simm’s Labor politician David Mars, either apologize or orate furiously about moral duty, soapbox-style. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 10 Mar. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of orate

1864, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for orate

back-formation from oration

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“Orate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orate. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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