- pray [prā]vt.[ME preien < OFr preier < LL precare, for L precari < prex (gen. precis), prayer < IE * prek̑-, var. of base * perk̑-, 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 imploringly3. to recite (a prayer)4. to bring about, get, etc. by prayingvi.1. to ask very earnestly; make supplication, as to a deity2. to worship God, a god, etc., as by reciting certain set formulasSYN.- APPEAL
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.