- to offer devout petition, praise, thanks, etc., to (God or an object of worship).
- to offer (a prayer).
- to bring, put, etc., by praying: to pray a soul into heaven.
- to make earnest petition to (a person).
- to make petition or entreaty for; crave: She prayed his forgiveness.
- to offer devout petition, praise, thanks, etc., to God or to an object of worship.
- to enter into spiritual communion with God or an object of worship through prayer.
- to make entreaty or supplication, as to a person or for a thing.
Origin of pray
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Examples from the Web for pray
Or as Azealia Banks would say, “I pray for this Clueless White Girl”.Solange Smacks Jay Z, Legolas Slaps Bieber, and the Biggest Celebrity Feuds of the Year
December 24, 2014
That is a lot to pray for, but Pope Francis is praying for all of us.Does Pope Francis Believe Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?
December 7, 2014
“I wake up and I pray, and then I see visions and I explain all those to my mom,” who would give her canvases to re-create them.Blessed or Cursed? Child Prodigies Reveal All
November 17, 2014
Let us pray for peace, not violence for Ferguson and our country no matter what the jury in their wisdom might decide.As Michael Brown Grand Jury Winds Down, Is Ferguson on the Brink of War?
November 16, 2014
“I just pray that everyone just keep their children safe,” Anderson said.11 Children Shot in Milwaukee, One in Her Grandpa's Lap
November 12, 2014
With a nod and a smile, Aspasia said, "Continue the music, I pray you."Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Pray accept this author's copy with his best and hopefullest wishes.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
And pray now let me ask you, If the honour of that will not be an honour to you?
Why, I pray you, good Sir, should I be made miserable for life?
If you can command the good creature to a place worthy of her, pray do for my sake.
- (when intr, often foll by for; when tr, usually takes a clause as object) to utter prayers (to God or other object of worship)we prayed to God for the sick child
- (when tr, usually takes a clause as object or an infinitive) to make an earnest entreaty (to or for); beg or imploreshe prayed to be allowed to go; leave, I pray you
- (tr) rare to accomplish or bring by prayingto pray a soul into the kingdom
- archaic I beg you; pleasepray, leave us alone
Word Origin and History for pray
early 13c., "ask earnestly, beg," also (c.1300) "pray to a god or saint," from Old French preier "to pray" (c.900, Modern French prier), from Vulgar Latin *precare (also source of Italian pregare), from Latin precari "ask earnestly, beg, entreat," from *prex (plural preces, genitive precis) "prayer, request, entreaty," from PIE root *prek- "to ask, request, entreat" (cf. Sanskrit prasna-, Avestan frashna- "question;" Old Church Slavonic prositi, Lithuanian prasyti "to ask, beg;" Old High German frahen, German fragen, Old English fricgan "to ask" a question).
Parenthetical expression I pray you, "please, if you will," attested from 1510s, contracted to pray 16c. Related: Prayed; praying. Praying mantis attested from 1809. The "Gardener's Monthly" of July 1861 lists other names for it as camel cricket, soothsayer, and rear horse.