pray


pray
pray [prā]
vt.
[ME preien < OFr preier < LL precare, for L precari < prex (gen. precis), prayer < IE * pre-, var. of base * per-, question > Ger frage, question]
1. to implore or beseech: now seldom used except as the elliptical form of “I pray you” [pray tell me]
2. to ask for by prayer or supplication; beg for imploringly
3. to recite (a prayer)
4. to bring about, get, etc. by praying
vi.
1. to ask very earnestly; make supplication, as to a deity
2. to worship God, a god, etc., as by reciting certain set formulas
SYN.- APPEAL

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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