Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “prayer”

See all translations

prayer

noun uk   /preər/ us    /prer/
B1 [C] the words that someone says or thinks when they are praying: a prayer of thanks She always says her prayers (= prays) before she goes to sleep. We thought he'd been killed, but our prayers were answered when he arrived home unexpectedly. a prayer book [U] the act or ceremony in which someone prays: I found her kneeling in prayer at the back of the church. The prisoners find their only solace in prayer.
More examples
Translations of “prayer”
in Korean 기도, 기도문…
in Arabic صَلاة…
in Portuguese oração, reza…
in Catalan pregària, oració…
in Japanese 祈りの言葉, 祈り, 祈とう…
in Italian preghiera…
in Chinese (Traditional) 禱文,禱詞, 祈禱, 祈禱儀式…
in Russian молитва…
in Turkish dua etmek, dua etme…
in Chinese (Simplified) 祷文,祷词, 祈祷, 祈祷仪式…
in Polish modlitwa…
(Definition of prayer from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of prayer?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “prayer” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

ellipsis

a situation in which words are left out of a sentence but the sentence can still be understood

Word of the Day

Euphemisms (Words used to Avoid Offending People)

by Kate Woodford,
March 04, 2015
​​​ We recently looked at the language that we use to describe lies and lying. One area of lying that we considered was ‘being slightly dishonest, or not speaking the complete truth’. One reason for not speaking the complete truth is to avoid saying something that might upset or offend people. Words and

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More