What is the opposite of orate?

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Opposite of to speak or talk in a formal way, as if giving a speech
Opposite of to make a speech or contribute to a debate
“What I know about the federal tax code is far less relevant than how I feel about it when I listen to a talk about tax reform.”
Opposite of speak or write authoritatively about a topic
Opposite of to read or say aloud something that is written
“He did not keep quiet until he had read some three hundred books on the animal, beginning with the folios published.”
Opposite of to talk in a loud and aggressive way
Opposite of to speak in order to give information or express ideas or feelings
“Most of the children were quite happy to speak their minds, but Joey would just sit and listen.”
Opposite of to recite from memory
“Johnny would forget his prayers each night before going to bed.”
(with object) Opposite of to say something in order to convey information or to express a feeling
“He acknowledged that he had an immediate gut reaction to government requests for the media to withhold information.”
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