pray

pray1 W3S3 [preı] v [I and T]
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: preier, from Latin precari, from prex 'request, prayer']
1.) to speak to God in order to ask for help or give thanks
→↑prayer
They went to the mosque to pray.
pray for
Let us pray for peace.
pray to
Martha prayed to God for help.
pray (that)
He prayed that his sight might be restored.
2.) to wish or hope very strongly that something will happen or is true
pray (that)
Paul was praying that no one had noticed his absence.
I hope and pray that this is a misunderstanding.
pray for
We're praying for good weather tomorrow.
pray 2
pray2 adv [sentence adverb]
old-fashioned used when politely asking a question or telling someone to do something
= ↑please
Pray be seated.
And who, pray tell , is this?

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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