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prayer

noun, often attributive \ ˈprer \

Definition of prayer

1 a (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

Origin and Etymology 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

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prayer

noun pray·er \ ˈprā-ər , ˈprer \

Definition of prayer

: one that prays : supplicant

Origin and Etymology of prayer

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

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PRAYER Defined for Kids

prayer

noun \ ˈprer \

Definition of prayer for Students

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

Law Dictionary

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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