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English definition of “pray”

pray

verb     /preɪ/
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.Religious ceremonies and prayers B2 [I] to hope for something very much: We're praying for good weather for tomorrow's cricket match .Hoping and hopefulnessPotential
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