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Pray definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

PRAY, v.i. [L. precor; proco; this word belongs to the same family as preach and reproach; Heb. to bless, to reproach; rendered in Job
2:9, to curse; properly, to reproach, to rail at or upbraid. In Latin the word precor signifies to supplicate good or evil, and precis signifies a prayer and a curse. See Imprecate.]
1. To ask with earnestness or zeal, as for a favor, or for something desirable; to entreat; to supplicate.
Pray for them who despitefully use you and persecute you. Matthew 5.
2. To petition; to ask, as for a favor; as in application to a legislative body.
3. In worship, to address the Supreme Being with solemnity and reverence, with adoration, confession of sins, supplication for mercy, and thanksgiving for blessings received.
When thou prayest, enter into thy closet,and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father who is in secret, and thy Father who seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly. Matthew 6.
4. I pray, that is, I pray you tell me, or let me know, is a common mode of introducing a question.
PRAY, v.t. To supplicate; to entreat; to urge.
We pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5.
1. In worship, to supplicate; to implore; to ask with reverence and humility.
Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thy heart may be forgiven thee.
Acts 8.
2. To petition. The plaintiff prays judgment of the court.
He that will have the benefit of this act, must pray a prohibition before a sentence in the ecclesiastical court.
3. To ask or intreat in ceremony or form.
Pray my colleague Antonius I may speak with him.
[In most instances, this verb is transitive only by ellipsis. To pray God, is used for to pray to God; to pray a prohibition, is to pray for a prohibition, etc.]
To pray in aid, in law, is to call in for help one who has interest in the cause.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

v
1: address a deity, a prophet, a saint or an object of worship; say a prayer; "pray to the Lord"
2: call upon in supplication; entreat; "I beg you to stop!" [syn: beg, implore, pray]

Merriam Webster's

verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French prier, praer, preier, from Latin precari, from prec-, prex request, prayer; akin to Old High German fr?ga question, fr?g?n to ask, Sanskrit p?cchati he asks Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. entreat, implore often used as a function word in introducing a question, request, or plea <pray be careful> 2. to get or bring by praying intransitive verb 1. to make a request in a humble manner 2. to address God or a god with adoration, confession, supplication, or thanksgiving

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v. (often foll. by for or to + infin. or that + clause) 1 intr. (often foll. by to) say prayers (to God etc.); make devout supplication. 2 a tr. entreat, beseech. b tr. & intr. ask earnestly (prayed to be released). 3 tr. (as imper.) archaic & formal please (pray tell me). Phrases and idioms: praying mantis see MANTIS. Etymology: ME f. OF preier f. LL precare f. L precari entreat

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Pray 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Pray Pray, n. & v. See Pry. [Obs.] --Spenser.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Pray 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; petition.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Pray 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; petition.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(prays, praying, prayed) 1. When people pray, they speak to God in order to give thanks or to ask for his help. He spent his time in prison praying and studying... Now all we have to do is help ourselves and to pray to God. ...all those who work and pray for peace... Kelly prayed that God would judge her with mercy. VERB: V, V to n, V for n, V that 2. When someone is hoping very much that something will happen, you can say that they are praying that it will happen. I'm just praying that somebody in Congress will do something before it's too late... Many were secretly praying for a compromise. = hope VERB: usu cont, V that, V for n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. v. a. Ask (earnestly), request, entreat, importune, beseech, supplicate, implore, beg, petition, invoke, conjure, call upon. See adjure. II. v. n. 1. [Usually with for.] Supplicate, entreat, petition, beg, implore, importune, prefer a petition or request. 2. Commune with God, address the Supreme Being, supplicate our Maker, seek the throne of grace, approach the mercy-seat.

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

She prays with her knees upwards; said of a woman much given to gallantry and intrigue. At her last prayers; saying of an old maid.

Moby Thesaurus

I beg you, adjure, appeal, appeal to, apply to, ask, be good enough, beg, beseech, brace, call for help, call on, call upon, circulate a petition, clamor for, commune with God, conjure, crave, cry for, cry on, cry to, do, entreat, give thanks, have the goodness, if you please, impetrate, implore, importune, imprecate, invoke, kneel to, make supplication, memorialize, obtest, offer a prayer, petition, plead, plead for, plead with, please, pray do, pray over, prefer a petition, prithee, recite the rosary, request, return thanks, run to, say grace, sign a petition, solicit, sue, supplicate, will you



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