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pray

 (prā)
v. prayed, pray·ing, prays
v.intr.
To utter or address a prayer or prayers to a deity or an object of worship, often as an entreaty: people praying in the pews of the church; people praying for divine guidance; people praying for their loved ones.
v.tr.
1. To use prayer to request (that something may happen): The congregation prayed that the drought would end soon. The child prayed to be more considerate of others.
2. To say (a prayer or group of prayers): pray the rosary.
3. To make a devout or earnest request for: I pray your forgiveness.
4. To utter or say a prayer or prayers to; address by prayer: "I pray Heaven that I never may forget the dear girl" (Charles Dickens).
5. Archaic To ask (someone) imploringly for something; beseech. Used chiefly in the phrase I pray you to introduce a polite or urgent request or question: I pray you be careful.
adv.
Used to make a polite or urgent request or question: Pray don't apologize.

[Middle English preien, from Old French preier, from Latin precārī, from precēs, pl. of *prex, prayer; see prek- in Indo-European roots.]

pray

(preɪ)
vb
1. (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.
2. (when tr, usually takes a clause as object or an infinitive) to make an earnest entreaty (to or for); beg or implore: she prayed to be allowed to go; leave, I pray you.
3. (tr) rare to accomplish or bring by praying: to pray a soul into the kingdom.
interj
archaic I beg you; please: pray, leave us alone.
[C13: from Old French preier, from Latin precārī to implore, from prex an entreaty; related to Old English fricgan, Old High German frāgēn to ask, Old Norse fregna to enquire]

pray

(preɪ)

v.t.
1. to offer devout petition, praise, thanks, etc., to (God or an object of worship).
2. to offer (a prayer).
3. to make earnest petition to (a person).
4. to make entreaty for; crave: I pray your forgiveness.
5. to bring, put, etc., by praying: to pray a soul into heaven.
v.i.
6. to offer devout petition, praise, thanks, etc., to God or to an object of worship; engage in prayer.
7. to make entreaty to a person or for a thing.
[1250–1300; Middle English preien < Old French preier « Latin precārī to beg, pray, derivative of prex (s. prec-) prayer]

pray


Past participle: prayed
Gerund: praying

Imperative
pray
pray
Present
I pray
you pray
he/she/it prays
we pray
you pray
they pray
Preterite
I prayed
you prayed
he/she/it prayed
we prayed
you prayed
they prayed
Present Continuous
I am praying
you are praying
he/she/it is praying
we are praying
you are praying
they are praying
Present Perfect
I have prayed
you have prayed
he/she/it has prayed
we have prayed
you have prayed
they have prayed
Past Continuous
I was praying
you were praying
he/she/it was praying
we were praying
you were praying
they were praying
Past Perfect
I had prayed
you had prayed
he/she/it had prayed
we had prayed
you had prayed
they had prayed
Future
I will pray
you will pray
he/she/it will pray
we will pray
you will pray
they will pray
Future Perfect
I will have prayed
you will have prayed
he/she/it will have prayed
we will have prayed
you will have prayed
they will have prayed
Future Continuous
I will be praying
you will be praying
he/she/it will be praying
we will be praying
you will be praying
they will be praying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been praying
you have been praying
he/she/it has been praying
we have been praying
you have been praying
they have been praying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been praying
you will have been praying
he/she/it will have been praying
we will have been praying
you will have been praying
they will have been praying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been praying
you had been praying
he/she/it had been praying
we had been praying
you had been praying
they had been praying
Conditional
I would pray
you would pray
he/she/it would pray
we would pray
you would pray
they would pray
Past Conditional
I would have prayed
you would have prayed
he/she/it would have prayed
we would have prayed
you would have prayed
they would have prayed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.pray - address a deity, a prophet, a saint or an object of worship; say a prayer; "pray to the Lord"
commune - communicate intimately with; be in a state of heightened, intimate receptivity; "He seemed to commune with nature"
2.pray - call upon in supplicationpray - call upon in supplication; entreat; "I beg you to stop!"
crave - plead or ask for earnestly
supplicate - ask humbly (for something); "He supplicated the King for clemency"
plead - appeal or request earnestly; "I pleaded with him to stop"
importune, insist - beg persistently and urgently; "I importune you to help them"

pray

verb
1. say your prayers, offer a prayer, recite the rosary He spent his time in prison praying and studying.
2. beg, ask, plead, petition, urge, request, sue, crave, invoke, call upon, cry, solicit, implore, beseech, entreat, importune, adjure, supplicate They prayed for help.
Quotations
"pray: to ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy" [Ambrose Bierce The Devil's Dictionary]

pray

verb
1. To offer a reverent petition to God or a god:
2. To make an earnest or urgent request:
Archaic: conjure.
Translations
يَتَضَرَّع، يَبْتَهِليُصَلّييُصَلِّي
pregarresar
modlit seorodovat
bede
rukoillaanoapyytää
moliti
imádkozik
biîja, fara meî bænvona innilega
祈る祈祷する祈願する請う願う
기도하다
melstimelstispoteriaipoteriauti
izteikt/skaitīt lūgšanuļoti cerētļoti lūgt
bebede
modliť saorodovať
moliti
bebedja
สวดมนต์
cầu nguyện

pray

[preɪ]
A. VI (= say prayers) → rezar, orar
let us prayoremos
to pray to Godrogar a Dios
to pray for sth/sbrezar or rogar por algo/algn
to pray for sb's soulrezar por el alma de algn
we prayed for rainrezamos para que lloviera
she's past praying for!¡con ella ya no hay nada que hacer!, ¡no tiene salvación!
B. VTrogar, suplicar
let me go, I pray you! (liter) → ¡suélteme, se lo suplico!
to pray sb to do sthrogar a algn que haga algo
we pray that it won't happenrezamos para que no ocurra
I was praying that he wouldn't noticele pedía a Dios que no lo notara
C. EXCL pray be seated (frm) → siéntense, por favor
pray tell me (frm) → le ruego decirme ...
and what, pray, were you doing last night? (hum) → ¿y qué estabas tú haciendo anoche, si puede saberse?

pray

[ˈpreɪ] vi
(RELIGION)prier
to pray to God → prier Dieu
to pray for sth → prier pour qch
to pray (that) ... → prier pour que ...
(= hope) → prier
to pray for sth → prier pour qch
to pray (that) ... → prier pour que ...
I pray that she'll never find out → Je prie pour qu'elle ne découvre jamais la vérité.
to hope and pray (that) ...
I just hope and pray everything goes well → Je me contente d'espérer et de prier pour que tout se passe bien.

pray

vi
(= say prayers)beten; let us praylasset uns beten; to pray for somebody/somethingfür jdn/um etw beten; to pray for something (= want it badly)stark auf etw (acc)hoffen
(old, liter) pray take a seatbitte, nehmen Sie doch Platz, wollen Sie bitte Platz nehmen?; what good is that, pray (tell)?was hilft das, wenn ich mir die Frage gestatten darf?
vt (old, liter)inständig bitten, ersuchen (geh); I pray you tell me (old)bitte, erzählen Sie mir doch; (stronger) → ich bitte Sie inständig, erzählen Sie mir doch; and what is that, I pray you?und was ist das, wenn ich mir die Frage gestatten darf?; they prayed the king for mercysie flehten den König um Gnade an (geh)

pray

[preɪ] vi (say prayers) → pregare
to pray to God → pregare Dio
to pray for sb/sth → pregare per qn/qc
to pray for forgiveness → implorare il perdono
we are praying for good weather → preghiamo che faccia bello

pray

(prei) verb
1. to speak reverently to God or a god in order to express thanks, make a request etc. Let us pray; She prayed to God to help her.
2. to hope earnestly. Everybody is praying for rain.
ˈprayer noun
(an) act of praying. a book of prayer; The child said his prayers; My prayers have been answered (=I've got what I desired).

pray is a verb: to pray (not prey) for peace.

pray

يُصَلِّي modlit se bede beten προσεύχομαι rezar rukoilla prier moliti pregare 祈る 기도하다 bidden be pomodlić się rezar молиться be สวดมนต์ dua etmek cầu nguyện 祈祷

pray

vi rezar, orar
References in classic literature ?
Jo's only answer was to hold her mother close, and in the silence which followed the sincerest prayer she had ever prayed left her heart without words.
When my fa- ther died I prayed all night, just as I did sometimes when my brother was in town drinking and going about buying the things for us.
He gave thanks for our food and comfort, and prayed for the poor and destitute in great cities, where the struggle for life was harder than it was here with us.
I have thought of death," said she -- " have wished for it -- would even have prayed for it, were it fit that such as I should pray for anything.
Flora continued to fix me with her small mask of reprobation, and even at that minute I prayed God to forgive me for seeming to see that, as she stood there holding tight to our friend's dress, her incomparable childish beauty had suddenly failed, had quite vanished.
Wherefore the king called unto him Sir Launcelot, and prayed him to encounter with that knight.
We bore her home, all mangled and drenched in blood, and knelt by her and listened to her broken and wandering words, and prayed for her passing spirit, and there was no comfort - nor ever will be, I think.
She prayed and told her beads, in another little room, before a waxen Virgin niched in a little box against the wall; she bedded herself like a slave.
Then Miss Watson she took me in the closet and prayed, but nothing come of it.
John Rogers at the stake hardly suffered more than this poor child for the moment as she rose to her feet, forgetting that ladies prayed sitting, while deacons stood in prayer.
But you have not yet asked for anything; you have prayed a gift to be withdrawn: try again.
Pray as you never prayed before, for the preservation of Mrs.