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Meaning of PRAY

Pronunciation:  prey

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  call upon in supplication; entreat; "I beg you to stop!"
  2. [v]  address God; say a prayer

PRAY is a 4 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: beg, implore
 See Also: beg off, commune, crave, excuse, importune, insist, plead, supplicate



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pray\, n. & v.
    See {Pry}. [Obs.] --Spenser.
  2. \Pray\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Prayed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Praying}.] [OE. preien, OF. preier, F. prier, L. precari,
    fr. prex, precis, a prayer, a request; akin to Skr. prach to
    ask, AS. frignan, fr[=i]nan, fricgan, G. fragen, Goth.
    fra['i]hnan. Cf. {Deprecate}, {Imprecate}, {Precarious}.]
    To make request with earnestness or zeal, as for something
    desired; to make entreaty or supplication; to offer prayer to
    a deity or divine being as a religious act; specifically, to
    address the Supreme Being with adoration, confession,
    supplication, and thanksgiving.
          And to his goddess pitously he preyde.   --Chaucer.
          When thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou
          hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in
          secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall
          reward thee openly.                      --Matt. vi. 6.
    {I pray}, or (by ellipsis) {Pray}, I beg; I request; I
       entreat you; -- used in asking a question, making a
       request, introducing a petition, etc.; as, Pray, allow me
       to go.
             I pray, sir. why am I beaten?         --Shak.
    Syn: To entreat; supplicate; beg; implore; invoke; beseech;
  3. \Pray\, v. t.
    1. To address earnest request to; to supplicate; to entreat;
       to implore; to beseech.
             And as this earl was preyed, so did he. --Chaucer.
             We pray you . . . by ye reconciled to God. --2 Cor.
                                                   v. 20.
    2. To ask earnestly for; to seek to obtain by supplication;
       to entreat for.
             I know not how to pray your patience. --Shak.
    3. To effect or accomplish by praying; as, to pray a soul out
       of purgatory. --Milman.
    {To pray in aid}. (Law)
       (a) To call in as a helper one who has an interest in the
           cause. --Bacon.
       (b) A phrase often used to signify claiming the benefit of
           an argument. See under {Aid}. --Mozley & W.
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