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pontificate

pon·tif·i·cate

pontificate

parts of speech:
noun, intransitive verb
part of speech: noun
pronunciation: pan tI fih kiht [or] pan tI fih keIt
definition: a pontiff's office or term of office.
The Pope had achieved much in the early years of his pontificate.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
pronunciation: pan tI fih keIt
inflections: pontificated, pontificates, pontificating
definition 1: to speak or behave with exaggerated authority.
Just because he's a professor, he thinks he can pontificate about any subject.
definition 2: to carry out the duties of a pontiff.