Prayer definition

prâr
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A specially worded form used to address God, a god, or another object of worship.
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A religious observance in which praying predominates.

Morning prayers.

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The act or practice of praying, as to God or a god.
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An act of communion with God, a god, or another object of worship, such as in devotion, confession, praise, or thanksgiving.

One evening a week, the family would join together in prayer.

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(informal) A chance to succeed.

The overmatched team doesn't have a prayer.

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Any spiritual communion, as with God or a god.
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An earnest request; entreaty; supplication.
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Something prayed for or requested.
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The definition of a prayer is a wish or is a communication with God.

An example of a prayer is when you hope and wish that your family will all stay healthy.

An example of a prayer is when you ask God to make sure you stay healthy.

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Any set formula for praying, as to God or a god.
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The slightest chance or hope.

In a storm the mountain climbers won't have a prayer.

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A reverent petition made to God, a god, or another object of worship.
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The act of making a reverent petition to God, a god, or another object of worship.

Belief in the power of prayer.

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A fervent request.

Her prayer for rain was granted at last.

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The thing requested.

His safe arrival was their only prayer.

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The request for relief by a party initiating a lawsuit, stated in the pleadings.
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The portion of the pleadings that contains this request.
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A humble and sincere request, as to God or a god.
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A thought or utterance, as to God or a god, in praise, thanksgiving, confession, etc.
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A practice of communicating with one's God.

Through prayer I ask for God's blessings.

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The act of praying.

In many cultures, prayer involves singing.

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A meeting held for the express purpose of praying.

Grandpa never misses a chance to go to prayer.

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A request; a petition.

This, your honor, is my prayer; that all here be set free.

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One who prays.

Yep, Grandpa is a real prayer all right.

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One who prays.
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A request attached to the end of a pleading asking for specific damages or relief to which the plaintiff believes he is entitled.
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The specific words or methods used for praying.

Christians recite the Lord's Prayer.

For Baha'is theres a difference between obligatory and devotional prayer.

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In some religions, a devotional service consisting chiefly of prayers.
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A person who prays.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
prayer
Plural:
prayers

Origin of prayer

  • Middle English preiere from Old French from Medieval Latin precāria from feminine of Latin precārius obtained by entreaty from precārī to entreat pray

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English preiere, from Anglo-Norman preiere, from Old French priere, proiere, from Medieval Latin or Late Latin precāria, feminine of Latin precārius (“obtained by entreaty"), from precor (“beg, entreat").

    From Wiktionary

  • pray + -er.

    From Wiktionary