People praying in the pews of the church; people praying for divine guidance; people praying for their loved ones.
Pray the rosary.
Pray don't apologize.
The congregation prayed that the drought would end soon. The child prayed to be more considerate of others.
An example of to pray is asking God to bless a meal you're about to eat.
Pray tell me.
I pray your forgiveness.
I pray you be careful.
Origin of pray
- Middle English preien from Old French preier from Latin precārī from precēs pl. of *prex prayer prek- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English preien, from Anglo-Norman preier, from Old French preier, proier, (French prier), from Late Latin precāre, from Latin precārÄ«, present active infinitive of precor, from prex, precis, “a prayer, a request"; akin to Sanskrit prach “to ask", Old English frignan, fricgan, German fragen, Dutch vragen. Confer deprecate, imprecate, precarious.