Meaning of “prayer” in the English Dictionary

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"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 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

  • We heard bells calling the faithful to prayer.
  • prayer and meditation
  • She whispered a silent prayer that her wounded brother would not die.
  • Lord, hear our prayers.
  • I firmly believe in the power of prayer.

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

"prayer" in American English

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prayernoun [ C/U ]

us /preər/

the act or ceremony of speaking to God or a god, esp. to express thanks 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)