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Meaning of “pray” in the English Dictionary

"pray" in British English

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prayverb

uk   us   /preɪ/
A2 [I or T] to ​speak to a ​god either ​privately or in a ​religiousceremony in ​order to ​expresslove, ​admiration, or ​thanks or in ​order to ​ask for something: She ​knelt and prayed ​silently. Let us pray for the ​victims of this ​terribledisaster. [+ that] We've been praying toGod thatyourson will make a ​completerecovery.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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uk   us   /preɪ/ old use or formal
(Definition of pray from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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prayverb

 us   /preɪ/
to ​speak to ​God or a ​god either privately or in a ​religiousceremony esp. to ​expressthanks or to ​ask for ​help: [I] Then the ​minister said, "Let us pray." [+ (that) clause] We often prayed (that) the ​war would end. To pray also ​means to ​hope: [+ (that) clause] I prayed (that) she wouldn’t ​discover my ​secret.
(Definition of pray from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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