Meaning of “pontificate” in the English Dictionary

"pontificate" in British English

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pontificateverb [ I ]

uk /pɒnˈtɪf.ɪ.keɪt/ us /pɑːnˈtɪf.ə.keɪt/ disapproving

to speak or write and give your opinion about something as if you knew everything about it and as if only your opinion was correct:

I think it should be illegal for non-parents to pontificate on/about parenting.

pontificatenoun [ C ]

uk /pɒnˈtɪf.ɪ.kət/ us /pɑːnˈtɪf.ə.kət/ formal

the period of office of a pope (= leader of the Roman Catholic Church):

The decision was made during the pontificate of Pope John XX.

(Definition of “pontificate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pontificate" in American English

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pontificateverb [ I ]

us /pɑnˈtɪf·ɪˌkeɪt/

to speak in an important manner as if only your opinion was correct:

Experts get on the tube and pontificate about the economy.

(Definition of “pontificate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)