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pray

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verb \ˈprā\

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of pray

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  entreat, implore —often used as a function word in introducing a question, request, or plea <pray be careful>

  3. 2 :  to get or bring by praying

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to make a request in a humble manner

  6. 2 :  to address God or a god with adoration, confession, supplication, or thanksgiving

Examples of pray in a sentence

  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



PRAY Defined for Kids

pray

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verb \ˈprā\

Definition of pray for Students

prayedpraying

  1. 1 :  to speak to God especially to give thanks or ask for something

  2. 2 :  to hope or wish very much for <I prayed no one would forget.>

  3. 3 :  to ask earnestly :  beg <Do not leave, I pray you.>




Law Dictionary

pray

transitive verb

Legal Definition of pray

  1. :  to ask for <plaintiff prays judgment against the defendants> —used especially in pleadings

  2. intransitive verb
  3. :  to make a request of a court especially in a complaint or petition <complainant prays for declaratory relief>





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