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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.]

praying

(ˈpreɪɪŋ)
adj
(Ecclesiastical Terms) uttering prayers (to God or other object of worship)
Translations

praying

[ˈpreɪɪŋ] npreghiere fpl
References in classic literature ?
Unexpectedly, in the middle of the service, and not in the usual order Natasha knew so well, the deacon brought out a small stool, the one he knelt on when praying on Trinity Sunday, and placed it before the doors of the sanctuary screen.
What do you mean by flopping yourself down and praying agin me?
I was not praying against you; I was praying for you.
your mother's a nice woman, young Jerry, going a praying agin your father's prosperity.
Master Cruncher (who was in his shirt) took this very ill, and, turning to his mother, strongly deprecated any praying away of his personal board.
Then Penn's went on alone, and Salters slipped off his hat, for Penn was praying.
he exclaimed, pulling up the praying ones from the ground.
Is thy spirit not too cleanly for this praying and the fumes of those devotees?
Certainly, it's devastating,'' said Alan Karpel, executive director of the synagogue, ``and we're praying for everyone across the nation.
However, as pastors lead congregations and we all join together in prayer, it is important to remember that we are not merely praying in order to offload emotion, and hope that we feel better because we prayed.
SANTA CLARITA - Fifteen youngsters who spent part of their summer teaching at a private Christian academy on the West Bank are now praying for the school and its students.