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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.
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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…
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