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Meaning of “prayer” in the English Dictionary

"prayer" in British English

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prayernoun

uk   /preər/  us   /prer/
B1 [C] the words that someone says or ​thinks when they are ​praying: a prayer ofthanks She always says her prayers (= ​prays) before she goes to ​sleep. We ​thought he'd been ​killed, but ​our prayers were answered when he ​arrivedhomeunexpectedly. 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 ​prisonersfindtheir only ​solace in prayer.

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(Definition of prayer from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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prayernoun [C/U]

 us   /preər/
the ​act or ​ceremony of ​speaking to ​God or a ​god, esp. to ​expressthanks or to ​ask for ​help, or the words used in this ​act: [C] an ​evening prayer [C] a prayer of ​thanks [U] She ​knelt in prayer.
(Definition of prayer from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “prayer”
in Arabic صَلاة…
in Korean 기도, 기도문…
in Portuguese oração, reza…
in Catalan pregària, oració…
in Japanese 祈りの言葉, 祈り, 祈とう…
in Chinese (Simplified) 祷文,祷词, 祈祷, 祈祷仪式…
in Turkish dua etmek, dua etme…
in Russian молитва…
in Chinese (Traditional) 禱文,禱詞, 祈禱, 祈禱儀式…
in Italian preghiera…
in Polish modlitwa…
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