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pray

verb \ˈprā\

: 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

transitive verb
1
:  entreat, implore —often used as a function word in introducing a question, request, or plea <pray be careful>
2
:  to get or bring by praying
intransitive verb
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

  1. There's little else to do now but hope and pray.
  2. The minister said, Let us pray.
  3. He prayed that they would have the strength to go on.
  4. 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
PRAYS Defined for Kids

pray

verb \ˈprā\
prayedpray·ing

Definition of PRAY for Kids

1
:  to speak to God especially to give thanks or ask for something
2
:  to hope or wish very much for <I prayed no one would forget.>
3
:  to ask earnestly :  beg <Do not leave, I pray you.>

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