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prayer

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noun \ˈprer\

Definition of prayer

  1. 1 a (1) :  an address (as a petition) to God or a god in word or thought <said a prayer for the success of the voyage> (2) :  a set order of words used in praying b :  an earnest request or wish

  2. 2 :  the act or practice of praying to God or a god <kneeling in prayer>

  3. 3 :  a religious service consisting chiefly of prayers —often used in plural

  4. 4 :  something prayed for

  5. 5 :  a slight chance <haven't got a prayer>



Origin of prayer

Middle English, from Anglo-French priere, praiere, preiere, from Medieval Latin precaria, from Latin, feminine of precarius obtained by entreaty, from prec-, prex


First Known Use: 14th century

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prayer

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noun pray·er \ˈprā-ər, ˈprer\

Definition of prayer

  1. :  one that prays :  supplicant



Origin of prayer

Middle English prayere, from prayen to pray + 2-er


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Christian Religious Terms



PRAYER Defined for Kids

prayer

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noun \ˈprer\

Definition of prayer

  1. 1 :  words spoken to God <a prayer for peace>

  2. 2 :  the act of praying to God <We knelt in prayer.>

  3. 3 :  a strong hope or wish <It's our prayer that you will return safely.>

  4. 4 :  a set form of words used in praying

  5. 5 :  a religious service that is mostly prayers <evening prayer>





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