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pray

verb uk   /preɪ/ us  
A2 [I or T] to speak to a god either privately or in a religious ceremony in order to express love, admiration, or thanks or in order to ask for something: She knelt and prayed silently. Let us pray for the victims of this terrible disaster. [+ that] We've been praying to God that your son will make a complete recovery. formal You must pray (= ask for) God's forgiveness for what you have done.B2 [I] to hope for something very much: We're praying for good weather for tomorrow's game.
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adverb uk   /preɪ/ old use or formal us  
a forceful way of saying "please": Pray tell your sister that I long to see her. And where have you been, pray tell?
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