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Definition of "pray" []

  • To utter or address a prayer or prayers to God, a god, or another object of worship. (verb-intransitive)
  • To make a fervent request or entreaty. (verb-intransitive)
  • To utter or say a prayer or prayers to; address by prayer. (verb-transitive)
  • To ask (someone) imploringly; beseech. Now often used elliptically for I pray you to introduce a request or entreaty: Pray be careful. (verb-transitive)
  • To make a devout or earnest request for: I pray your permission to speak. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pray" in a sentence
  • "First get into good shape to pray, and then with all your praying strength and skill _pray_."
  • "Now, how kin I pray, not to say _pray_, out yer, in this yer lan '?"
  • "No! I will think of the tyranny and the revolt; I will pray, yes, _pray_ that I might have courage to do as they did!"