Simple Definition of pray
: to speak to God especially in order to give thanks or to ask for something
: to hope or wish very much for something to happen
: to seriously ask (someone) to do something
Full Definition of pray
2 : to get or bring by praying
1 : to make a request in a humble manner
2 : to address God or a god with adoration, confession, supplication, or thanksgiving
Examples of pray
There's little else to do now but hope and pray.
The minister said, “Let us pray.”
He prayed that they would have the strength to go on.
He prayed that he would find a parking spot.
Origin of pray
Middle English, from Anglo-French prier, praer, preier, from Latin precari, from prec-, prex request, prayer; akin to Old High German frāga question, frāgēn to ask, Sanskrit pṛcchati he asks
First Known Use: 13th century
Rhymes with pray
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