1. End Speech: To finish a speech by summarizing its main points.
2. Give speech: To speak at length, especially in a formal or pompous way.
[Early 17th century. < Latin perorat-, past particple of perorare "speak all the way through" < orare "speak"]
perorate. Encarta.com. Encarta World English Dictionary.
Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2008. http://encarta.msn.com/dictionary_1861725153/perorate.html (accessed: March 28, 2008).
Bob had been rather impressed with himself. He had been grandly perorating on the nature of humanity; sure his initial theory diverged in to a criticism of the US tax code, but it reasserted itself nicely with a discourse on section seven, which he felt was an apt metaphor for the human condition.
Although he was starting to wonder; his date had been in the bathroom for over 20 minutes. Perhaps he should have stuck with his tried and true recitation of the digits of pi.