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Pray, n. & v.
Defn: see pry. [obs.] Spenser.
Pray, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Prayed; p. pr. & vb. n. Praying.] Etym: [oe. preien, of. preier, f. prier, l. precari, fr. prex, precis, a Prayer, a request; akin to skr. prach to ask, as. frignan, frinan, Fricgan, g. fragen, goth. fraíhnan. Cf. Deprecate, imprecate, Precarious.]
Defn: 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
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.
-- to entreat; supplicate; beg; implore; invoke; beseech; petition.
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
I know not how to pray your patience. Shak.
3. To effect or accomplish by praying; as, to pray a soul out of
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. Mozley & w.
In other languages, the word for "pray" is:
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