- Pray is defined as to ask for something or to offer thanks or praise to a god, goddess or other deity.
An example of to pray is asking God to bless a meal you're about to eat.
- to implore or beseech: now seldom used except as the elliptical form of “I pray you”: pray tell me
- to ask for by prayer or supplication; beg for imploringly
- to recite (a prayer)
- to bring about, get, etc. by praying
Origin: Middle English preien from Old French preier from Late Latin precare, for Classical Latin precari from prex (gen. precis), prayer from Indo-European an unverified form pre-, variant, variety of base an unverified form per-, question from source German frage, question
- to ask very earnestly; make supplication, as to a deity
- to worship God, a god, etc., as by reciting certain set formulas
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verb prayed, pray·ing, prays verb, intransitive
- To utter or address a prayer or prayers to God, a god, or another object of worship.
- To make a fervent request or entreaty.
- To utter or say a prayer or prayers to; address by prayer.
- To ask (someone) imploringly; beseech. Now often used elliptically for I pray you to introduce a request or entreaty: Pray be careful.
- To make a devout or earnest request for: I pray your permission to speak.
- To move or bring by prayer or entreaty.
Origin: Middle English preien, from Old French preier, from Latin precārī, from precē, pl. of *prex, prayer; see prek- in Indo-European roots.