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prayer 1

a. A reverent petition made to God, a god, or another object of worship.
b. The act of making a reverent petition to God, a god, or another object of worship: belief in the power of prayer.
2. An act of communion with God, a god, or another object of worship, such as in devotion, confession, praise, or thanksgiving: One evening a week, the family would join together in prayer.
3. A specially worded form used to address God, a god, or another object of worship.
4. prayers A religious observance in which praying predominates: morning prayers.
a. A fervent request: Her prayer for rain was granted at last.
b. The thing requested: His safe arrival was their only prayer.
6. The slightest chance or hope: In a storm the mountain climbers won't have a prayer.
7. Law
a. The request for relief by a party initiating a lawsuit, stated in the pleadings.
b. The portion of the pleadings that contains this request.

[Middle English preiere, from Old French, from Medieval Latin precāria, from feminine of Latin precārius, obtained by entreaty, from precārī, to entreat; see pray.]

pray·er 2

One who prays.


1. (Ecclesiastical Terms)
a. a personal communication or petition addressed to a deity, esp in the form of supplication, adoration, praise, contrition, or thanksgiving
b. any other form of spiritual communion with a deity
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a similar personal communication that does not involve adoration, addressed to beings venerated as being closely associated with a deity, such as angels or saints
3. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the practice of praying: prayer is our solution to human problems.
4. (Ecclesiastical Terms) (often plural) a form of devotion, either public or private, spent mainly or wholly praying: morning prayers.
5. (Ecclesiastical Terms) (capital when part of a recognized name) a form of words used in praying: the Lord's Prayer.
6. an object or benefit prayed for
7. an earnest request, petition, or entreaty
8. (Law) law a request contained in a petition to a court for the relief sought by the petitioner
9. slang a chance or hope: she doesn't have a prayer of getting married.
[C13 preiere, from Old French, from Medieval Latin precāria, from Latin precārius obtained by begging, from prex prayer]
ˈprayerless adj


(Ecclesiastical Terms) a person who prays



1. a devout petition to God or an object of worship.
2. a spiritual communion with God or an object of worship, as in supplication, thanksgiving, or adoration.
3. the act or practice of praying to God or an object of worship.
4. a formula or sequence of words used in praying: the Lord's Prayer.
5. prayers, a religious observance consisting mainly of prayer.
6. something prayed for.
7. a petition; entreaty.
8. a negligible hope or chance: We don't have a prayer of winning.
[1250–1300; Middle English preiere < Old French < Medieval Latin precāria, n. use of feminine of Latin precārius given as a favor =prec- (s. of prex) prayer + -ārius -ary; compare precarious]


(ˈpreɪ ər)

a person who prays.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prayer - the act of communicating with a deity (especially as a petition or in adoration or contrition or thanksgiving)prayer - the act of communicating with a deity (especially as a petition or in adoration or contrition or thanksgiving); "the priest sank to his knees in prayer"
worship - the activity of worshipping
devotion - (usually plural) religious observance or prayers (usually spoken silently); "he returned to his devotions"
benediction, blessing - the act of praying for divine protection
2.prayer - reverent petition to a deity
prayer wheel - a cylinder with prayers written on it; each revolution counts as uttering the prayers; used especially by Buddhists in Tibet
asking, request - the verbal act of requesting
benediction, blessing - a ceremonial prayer invoking divine protection
collect - a short prayer generally preceding the lesson in the Church of Rome or the Church of England
commination - prayers proclaiming God's anger against sinners; read in the Church of England on Ash Wednesday
deprecation - a prayer to avert or remove some evil or disaster
thanksgiving, blessing, grace - a short prayer of thanks before a meal; "their youngest son said grace"
intercession - a prayer to God on behalf of another person
invocation, supplication - a prayer asking God's help as part of a religious service
requiescat - a prayer for the repose of the soul of a dead person
3.prayer - earnest or urgent requestprayer - earnest or urgent request; "an entreaty to stop the fighting"; "an appeal for help"; "an appeal to the public to keep calm"
asking, request - the verbal act of requesting
adjuration - a solemn and earnest appeal to someone to do something
demagoguery, demagogy - impassioned appeals to the prejudices and emotions of the populace
plea, supplication - a humble request for help from someone in authority
solicitation - an entreaty addressed to someone of superior status; "a solicitation to the king for relief"
suit - a petition or appeal made to a person of superior status or rank
courting, courtship, wooing, suit - a man's courting of a woman; seeking the affections of a woman (usually with the hope of marriage); "its was a brief and intense courtship"
4.prayer - a fixed text used in praying
religious text, religious writing, sacred text, sacred writing - writing that is venerated for the worship of a deity
Agnus Dei - a liturgical prayer beginning with these Latin words
Mass - a sequence of prayers constituting the Christian Eucharistic rite; "the priest said Mass"
Shema - a liturgical prayer (considered to be the essence of Jewish religion) that is recited at least twice daily by adult Jewish males to declare their faith; "as soon as Leonard learned to talk he was taught to recite the first words of the Shema, the creed of Judaism which originated on Sinai with Moses and is recited daily"
5.prayer - someone who prays to God
religious person - a person who manifests devotion to a deity
beadsman, bedesman - a person who is paid to pray for the soul of another


1. supplication, devotion, communion The night was spent in prayer and meditation.
2. orison, litany, invocation, intercession prayers of thanksgiving
3. plea, appeal, suit, request, petition, entreaty, supplication Say a quick prayer I don't get stopped for speeding.
"More things are wrought by prayer"
"Than this world dreams of" [Alfred, Lord Tennyson Morte d'Arthur]
"The wish for prayer is a prayer in itself" [Georges Bernanos Journal d'un cure de campagne]
"In prayer the lips ne'er act the winning part,"
"Without the sweet concurrence of the heart" [Robert Herrick The Heart]
"One single grateful thought raised to heaven is the most perfect prayer" [G.E. Lessing Minna von Barnhelm]

prayer 1

1. The act of praying:
2. A formula of words used in praying:
collect, litany, orison, rogation (often used in plural).
3. An earnest or urgent request:
4. Law. An application to a higher authority, as for sanction or a decision:

prayer 2

One who humbly entreats:
lời cầu nguyện


A. N
1. (Rel) → oración f, rezo m; (= entreaty) → oración f, plegaria f
a prayer for peaceuna oración por la paz
Lord, hear our prayerSeñor, escucha nuestras plegarias or súplicas
the Book of Common Prayerla liturgia de la Iglesia Anglicana
to be at one's prayersestar rezando
they offered (up) prayers of thanksofrecían rezos en acción de gracias
to say one's prayersorar, rezar
say a prayer for mereza por mí
he didn't have a prayerno tenía ni la menor posibilidad
2. (as service) → oficio m
morning/evening prayer(s)oficio m de maitines/vísperas
B. CPD prayer beads NPLrosario m
prayer book Ndevocionario m, misal m
prayer mat Nalfombra f de rezo
prayer meeting Nreunión f de oraciones


n (RELIGION)prière f
to say a prayer for sb → dire une prière pour qn
to say one's prayers → dire ses prières
he hasn't got a prayer → il n'a pas l'ombre d'une chance
to be the answer to sb's prayers (= just what is needed) → être la réponse aux prières de qn prayers
npl (= service) evening prayers → la prière du soir
to attend prayers → assister à la prière Friday prayers
modif [mat, beads] → de prièreprayer book nlivre m de prièresprayer meeting nréunion f de prière


nGebet nt; (= service, prayer meeting)Andacht f; to say one’s prayersbeten, seine Gebete verrichten (geh); to be at prayerbeim Gebet sein; he will lead our prayerser wird uns im Gebet führen; a prayer for peaceein Gebet für den Frieden; a life of prayerein Leben im Gebet; Evening PrayerAbendandacht f; we attended Morning Prayerwir besuchten die Morgenandacht; we have prayers every morningwir haben jeden Morgen eine Andacht; family prayersHausandacht f; the Book of Common Prayer das Gebetbuch der anglikanischen Kirche; my one prayer is that …ich bete nur, dass …


prayer beads
plGebetsperlen pl
prayer book
nGebetbuch nt
prayer mat
prayer meeting
nGebetsstunde f
prayer rug
prayer shawl
nGebetsmantel m
prayer wheel
nGebetsmühle f


[prɛəʳ] npreghiera
to say one's prayers → dire or recitare le preghiere


(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.


صَلاة motlitba bøn Gebet προσευχή oración rukous prière molitva preghiera 祈り 기도 gebed bønn modlitwa oração молитва bön ผู้สวดมนต์ dua lời cầu nguyện 祈祷


n oración f
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.
In his prayer he thanked the Lord for the first Christmas, and for all that it had meant to the world ever since.
Dimmesdale bent his head, silent prayer, as it seemed, and then came forward.
He paused a little; then kneeling in the pulpit's bows, folded his large brown hands across his chest, uplifted his closed eyes, and offered a prayer so deeply devout that he seemed kneeling and praying at the bottom of the sea.
No use prying there; avast, I say with your handspikes, and run one of ye for a prayer book and a pen-knife, and cut the big chains.
There were many nonunion men among the Lithuanians, and with these he would labor and wrestle in prayer, trying to show them the right.
In the midst of the prayer a fly had lit on the back of the pew in front of him and tortured his spirit by calmly rubbing its hands together, embracing its head with its arms, and polishing it so vigorously that it seemed to almost part company with the body, and the slender thread of a neck was exposed to view; scraping its wings with its hind legs and smoothing them to its body as if they had been coat-tails; going through its whole toilet as tranquilly as if it knew it was perfectly safe.
Burch bowed courteously, accepted the invitation "in the same spirit in which it was offered," and asked Brother Milliken to lead in prayer.
The clanking of fetters and the rattling of chains in the prison, and the pious psalm and solemn prayer in the church, may be heard at the same time.
In the prayer following the chapter, all his energy gathered--all his stern zeal woke: he was in deep earnest, wrestling with God, and resolved on a conquest.
He had inherited from his mother some acquaintance with medicinal herbs and their preparation--a little store of wisdom which she had imparted to him as a solemn bequest--but of late years he had had doubts about the lawfulness of applying this knowledge, believing that herbs could have no efficacy without prayer, and that prayer might suffice without herbs; so that the inherited delight he had in wandering in the fields in search of foxglove and dandelion and coltsfoot, began to wear to him the character of a temptation.
It is the hour of prayer and I have not yet washed myself.