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pray



pray [pray prays prayed praying] verb, adverb BrE [preɪ] NAmE [preɪ]
verb
1. intransitive, transitive to speak to God, especially to give thanks or ask for help
They knelt down and prayed.
~ for sb/sth I'll pray for you.
to pray for peace
~ to sb (for sb/sth) She prayed to God for an end to her sufferings.
~ (that)… We prayed (that) she would recover from her illness.
~ to do sth He prayed to be forgiven.
+ speech ‘Please God don't let it happen,’ she prayed.
2. intransitive, transitive to hope very much that sth will happen
~ (for sth) We're praying for good weather on Saturday.
~ that… I prayed that nobody would notice my mistake.
Verb forms:

Word Origin:
Middle English (in the sense ‘ask earnestly’): from Old French preier, from late Latin precare, alteration of Latin precari ‘entreat’.

Thesaurus:
pray verb I, T
They knelt down and prayed.
worship • • praise • |formal venerate
pray to/worship/praise God

Example Bank:
Diane prayed over the body for a moment.
He prayed for good weather.
He thought if he prayed hard enough God might eventually listen.
He was secretly praying that his offer would be rejected.
I prayed to God for guidance.
I silently prayed for my release.
Let's pray Mick doesn't find out.
My parents would always pray for rain.
She asked the priest to pray with her.
She prays constantly for forgiveness.
We can hope and pray that no one gets hurt.
I'll pray for you.
We prayed (that) he would recover from his illness.
to pray for peace/rain/forgiveness

 
adverb (old use or ironic)used to mean ‘please’ when you are asking a question or telling sb to do sth
What, pray, is the meaning of this?
Pray continue.

Word Origin:
Middle English (in the sense ‘ask earnestly’): from Old French preier, from late Latin precare, alteration of Latin precari ‘entreat’.
 

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