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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To speak in a formal, often pompous manner.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To speak formally; to give a speech.
  • v. To speak passionately; to preach for or against something.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make an oration; talk loftily; harangue.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. talk pompously

Etymologies

Latin ōrāre, ōrāt-, to pray, speak publicly.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Back formation from oration, from Latin ōrātiō ("speech, discourse, oration"), from ōrātus ("spoken, orated"), from ōrō ("speak, pray"). (Wiktionary)

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