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intr.v. blo·vi·at·ed, blo·vi·at·ing, blo·vi·ates Slang
To discourse at length in a pompous or boastful manner: "the rural Babbitt who bloviates about 'progress' and 'growth'" (George Rebeck).

[Mock-Latinate formation, from blow.]

blo′vi·a′tion n.
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vb (intr)
US to talk at length, esp in an insubstantial but inflated manner
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(ˈbloʊ viˌeɪt)
v.i. -at•ed, -at•ing.
to speak pompously.
(1850–55, Amer.; pseudo-Latin alter. of blow to boast; popularized by W. German. Harding]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.bloviate - orate verbosely and windily
orate - talk pompously
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