To orate is to give an important-sounding speech. If you're giving a wedding toast, feel free to orate. However, if you're giving a friend advice, it's best to avoid orating.

There are more and less appropriate situations in which to orate: a famous philosophy professor might be forgiven if she tends to orate when she's speaking about her favorite subject, Spinoza. But if you're at the dinner table, your family will probably just laugh at you if you begin a speech with Mark Antony's words from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar: "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears!"The Latin root orare means "speak, pray, or plead."

Definitions of orate
  1. verb
    make speeches; hold forth, or harangue with a certain degree of formality
    synonyms: speechify
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    type of:
    deliver, present
    deliver (a speech, oration, or idea)
  2. verb
    talk pompously
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    orate verbosely and windily
    type of:
    speak, talk
    exchange thoughts; talk with
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