- Make a speech, especially pompously or at length: Hamlet thinks, speaks, orates, and acts [with direct speech]: ‘Lend me your ears,’ Fred oratedMore example sentences
- Sticking to his set speech he orated on governance and standards.
- Most statues of King have him marching or holding his hand up and orating.
- And Adams, who the world likes, is there, orating, in the middle of what the world certainly does not like.
early 17th century: back-formation from oration.