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PRATE, verb intransitive To talk much and without weight, or to little purpose; to be loquacious; as the vulgar express it, to run on.

To prate and talk for life and honor,

And make a fool presume to prate of love.

PRATE, verb transitive To utter foolishly.

What nonsense would the fool, thy master, prate

When thou, his knave, canst talk at such a rate?

PRATE, noun Continued talk to little purpose; trifling talk; unmeaning loquacity.