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Definition of pontificate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

pontificate

 verb
verbVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pontificate
BrE BrE//pɒnˈtɪfɪkeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pɑːnˈtɪfɪkeɪt//
 
he / she / it pontificates
BrE BrE//pɒnˈtɪfɪkeɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pɑːnˈtɪfɪkeɪts//
 
past simple pontificated
BrE BrE//pɒnˈtɪfɪkeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pɑːnˈtɪfɪkeɪtɪd//
 
past participle pontificated
BrE BrE//pɒnˈtɪfɪkeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pɑːnˈtɪfɪkeɪtɪd//
 
-ing form pontificating
BrE BrE//pɒnˈtɪfɪkeɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pɑːnˈtɪfɪkeɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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BrE BrE//pɒnˈtɪfɪkeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pɑːnˈtɪfɪkeɪt//
 
[intransitive] pontificate (about/on something) (disapproving) to give your opinions about something in a way that shows that you think you are right
Word Origin late Middle English (as a noun): from Latin pontificatus, from pontifex, from pons, pont- ‘bridge’ + -fex from facere ‘make’. The verb dates from the early 19th cent.
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