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pray

verb  /preɪ/ us  
to speak to God or a god either privately or in a religious ceremony esp. to express thanks 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.
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