ȯ-ˈrāt How to pronounce orate (audio)
orated; orating

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 The most persuasive and engrossing moment of the play comes late, when Harry Nelson is orating for his son’s benefit on the history and necessity of humankind’s relationship with firearms. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Mar. 2023 Perhaps a chatbot can even orate. David Crary, Fortune, 15 Feb. 2023 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 See More

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Word History


back-formation from oration

First Known Use

1864, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of orate was in 1864

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Cite this Entry

“Orate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orate. Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


orated; orating
: to speak as if giving an oration

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