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pray

pray

 
 
pronunciation:
preI
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: prayed, praying, prays
definition 1: to petition or invoke (one's god or other holy being).
They prayed God in the hope that their loved ones would be spared.
synonyms:
invoke, petition
similar words:
appeal, beseech, implore, supplicate
definition 2: to earnestly request from another person or from one's god.
I pray your indulgence while I rest.I pray that you reconsider your decision.We prayed that the war would be over soon.
synonyms:
adjure, invoke, supplicate
similar words:
appeal, beg, beseech, entreat, implore, importune, petition
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to make entreaties or supplications of one's god or some other divine being.
Devout Muslims pray five times a day.
 
synonyms:
appeal, supplicate
similar words:
beg, beseech, entreat, implore, petition, worship
definition 2: to join into spiritual communion with an object of worship.
synonyms:
commune, worship
similar words:
adore, meditate
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