Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To make an oration; talk loftily; harangue.

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

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  • verb talk pompously

Etymologies

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

[Latin ōrāre, ōrāt-, to pray, speak publicly.]

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Back formation from oration, from Latin ōrātiō ("speech, discourse, oration"), from ōrātus ("spoken, orated"), from ōrō ("speak, pray").

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