pray

verb
\ ˈprā How to pronounce pray (audio) \
prayed; praying; prays

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

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Examples of pray in a Sentence

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.
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And that certainly is this Cookie, who should know fans are thinking about and praying for him. Terry Pluto, cleveland.com, "Carlos ‘Cookie’ Carrasco: A wonderful man in a battle with leukemia — Terry Pluto," 7 July 2019 If that doesn’t work, the faithful may want to start praying. Alex Fox, Science | AAAS, "World’s supply of frankincense could go up in smoke," 1 July 2019 While communities north of St. Louis are beginning the expensive path to recovery after record-breaking winter and spring precipitation and runoff, people below the Missouri River are shoveling mud from their houses and praying for a dry spell. Daniel Cusick, Scientific American, "No End in Sight for Record Midwest Flood Crisis," 26 June 2019 The academics gave each respondent a survey containing footballing facts and questions; a third of surveys also included a slide describing Mr Salah’s commitment to praying. The Economist, "Mo Salah’s goals help to tackle Islamophobia in Liverpool," 5 June 2019 Thousands of demonstrators across the country held vigils, praying for Reeb, who lay in the University Hospital in Birmingham in critical condition. al.com, "Who killed James Reeb? NPR ‘White Lies’ podcast shines light on 1965 Selma murder," 19 June 2019 James, the son of a preacher, prays a lot about his job. Dan Horn, Cincinnati.com, "This high school baseball team lost every game for 3 years. They never gave up.," 16 June 2019 James, the son of a preacher, prays a lot about his job these days. cincinnati.com, "From the Editor: Until you experience it, it's hard to comprehend the hidden costs of being poor," 13 June 2019 Following the attack on the Bataclan in 2015, Fournier prayed for those lost and tended to the injured. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How a Heroic Priest Helped Save the Crown of Thorns from the Notre-Dame Fire," 16 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of pray

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of pray was in the 13th century

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pray

verb

English Language Learners 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
old-fashioned : to seriously ask (someone) to do something

pray

verb
\ ˈprā How to pronounce pray (audio) \
prayed; praying

Kids Definition of pray

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.

Legal Definition of pray

: to ask for plaintiff prays judgment against the defendants used especially in pleadings

intransitive verb

: to make a request of a court especially in a complaint or petition complainant prays for declaratory relief

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