prayer

noun (1), often attributive
\ ˈprer \

Definition of prayer 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : an address (such 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 : the act or practice of praying to God or a god kneeling in prayer

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

4 : something prayed for

5 : a slight chance haven't got a prayer

prayer

noun (2)
pray·er | \ ˈprā-ər , ˈprer \

Definition of prayer (Entry 2 of 2)

: one that prays : supplicant

First Known Use of prayer

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for prayer

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

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

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prayer

noun
\ ˈprer \

Kids Definition of prayer

1 : words spoken to God a prayer for peace

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

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

4 : a set form of words used in praying

5 : a religious service that is mostly prayers evening prayer

prayer

noun
\ ˈprer \

Legal Definition of prayer 

: the part of a pleading (as a complaint) that specifies the relief sought also : a request for relief or some other action by the court

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