verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of pray
Synonyms for pray
Examples from the Web for pray
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?|Jay Parini|December 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“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.
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?|Ron Christie|November 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“I just pray that everyone just keep their children safe,” Anderson said.11 Children Shot in Milwaukee, One in Her Grandpa's Lap|Michael Daly|November 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“If there has ever been a time to pray, this is it,” he told recipients of texts and emails.Ferguson on Knife Edge of More Violence After Grand Jury Evidence Leak Showing Struggle|Justin Glawe|October 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Oh, pray take a glass with the young gentleman,” said Captain Bradshaw, with mock politeness.The King's Own|Captain Frederick Marryat
"Not on me with axe, I pray you," he answered laughing, and twisting his head on one side.Wulfric the Weapon Thane|Charles W. Whistler
And pray, brother, what's become of his honest companion, Duretete?The Inconstant|George Farquhar
And having killed ye men, they made a pray of what they had, and chafered away some of their things to ye Dutch that lived their.Bradford's History of 'Plimoth Plantation'|William Bradford
Oh do pray explain it to us now, I am so very curious to know how that is possible.Conversations on Natural Philosophy, in which the Elements of that Science are Familiarly Explained|Jane Haldimand Marcet and Thomas P. Jones
Word Origin 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.