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
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)