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pon·tif·i·cate

 (pŏn-tĭf′ĭ-kĭt, -kāt′)
n.
The office or term of office of a pontiff.
intr.v. (-kāt′) pon·tif·i·cat·ed, pon·tif·i·cat·ing, pon·tif·i·cates
1. To express opinions or judgments in a dogmatic way.
2. To administer the office of a pontiff.

[Latin pontificātus, from pontifex, pontific-, pontifex; see pontifex. V., from Medieval Latin pontificāre, pontificāt-, to act as an ecclesiastic, from Latin pontifex.]

pon·tif′i·ca′tion n.
pon·tif′i·ca′tor n.

pontificate

vb (intr)
1. to speak or behave in a pompous or dogmatic manner. Also (less commonly): pontify
2. (Roman Catholic Church) to serve or officiate as a pontiff, esp in celebrating a Pontifical Mass
n
(Roman Catholic Church) the office or term of office of a pontiff, now usually the pope

pon•tif•i•cate

(v. pɒnˈtɪf ɪˌkeɪt; n. -kɪt, -ˌkeɪt)

v. -cat•ed, -cat•ing,
n. v.i.
1. to speak in a pompous or dogmatic manner.
2. to discharge the duties of a pontiff.
n.
3. the office or term of office of a pontiff.
[1575–85; (n.) < Latin pontificātus; see pontifex, -ate3; (v.) < Medieval Latin pontificātus, past participle of pontificāre to be an ecclesiastic; see -ate1]

pontificate


Past participle: pontificated
Gerund: pontificating

Imperative
pontificate
pontificate
Present
I pontificate
you pontificate
he/she/it pontificates
we pontificate
you pontificate
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Preterite
I pontificated
you pontificated
he/she/it pontificated
we pontificated
you pontificated
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Present Continuous
I am pontificating
you are pontificating
he/she/it is pontificating
we are pontificating
you are pontificating
they are pontificating
Present Perfect
I have pontificated
you have pontificated
he/she/it has pontificated
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Past Continuous
I was pontificating
you were pontificating
he/she/it was pontificating
we were pontificating
you were pontificating
they were pontificating
Past Perfect
I had pontificated
you had pontificated
he/she/it had pontificated
we had pontificated
you had pontificated
they had pontificated
Future
I will pontificate
you will pontificate
he/she/it will pontificate
we will pontificate
you will pontificate
they will pontificate
Future Perfect
I will have pontificated
you will have pontificated
he/she/it will have pontificated
we will have pontificated
you will have pontificated
they will have pontificated
Future Continuous
I will be pontificating
you will be pontificating
he/she/it will be pontificating
we will be pontificating
you will be pontificating
they will be pontificating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been pontificating
you have been pontificating
he/she/it has been pontificating
we have been pontificating
you have been pontificating
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been pontificating
you will have been pontificating
he/she/it will have been pontificating
we will have been pontificating
you will have been pontificating
they will have been pontificating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been pontificating
you had been pontificating
he/she/it had been pontificating
we had been pontificating
you had been pontificating
they had been pontificating
Conditional
I would pontificate
you would pontificate
he/she/it would pontificate
we would pontificate
you would pontificate
they would pontificate
Past Conditional
I would have pontificated
you would have pontificated
he/she/it would have pontificated
we would have pontificated
you would have pontificated
they would have pontificated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pontificate - the government of the Roman Catholic Churchpontificate - the government of the Roman Catholic Church
authorities, government, regime - the organization that is the governing authority of a political unit; "the government reduced taxes"; "the matter was referred to higher authorities"
Verb1.pontificate - administer a pontifical office
administer, administrate - work in an administrative capacity; supervise or be in charge of; "administer a program"; "she administers the funds"
2.pontificate - talk in a dogmatic and pompous manner; "The new professor always pontificates"
talk, speak - exchange thoughts; talk with; "We often talk business"; "Actions talk louder than words"

pontificate

verb expound, preach, sound off, pronounce, declaim, lay down the law, hold forth, dogmatize, pontify Politicians like to pontificate about falling standards.
Translations

pontificate

A. [pɒnˈtɪfɪkɪt] N (Rel) → pontificado m
B. [pɒnˈtɪfɪkeɪt] VIpontificar

pontificate

[pɒnˈtɪfɪkeɪt] vipontifier
to pontificate about sth → pontifier sur qch

pontificate

nPontifikat nt
vi (fig)dozieren; I wish you wouldn’t pontificate to meich wünschte, du würdest nicht in diesem belehrenden Ton mit mir reden

pontificate

[pɒnˈtɪfɪˌkeɪt] vi to pontificate about or onpontificare su
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The Vatican estimates that 16 million people have attended John Paul's weekly audiences during his 23-year pontificate.
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