Pray tell me.
An example of to pray is asking God to bless a meal you're about to eat.
People praying in the pews of the church; people praying for divine guidance; people praying for their loved ones.
The congregation prayed that the drought would end soon. The child prayed to be more considerate of others.
Pray the rosary.
I pray your forgiveness.
I pray you be careful.
Pray don't apologize.
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 precÄre, from Latin precÄrÄ«, 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.