AskDefine | Define pray

Dictionary Definition



1 address God; say a prayer
2 call upon in supplication; entreat; "I beg you to stop!" [syn: beg, implore]

User Contributed Dictionary



preien < preier, (French prier) < precari, from prex, precis, “a prayer, a request”; akin to Sanskrit prach “to ask”, Old English frignan, fricgan, German fragen. Confer deprecate, imprecate, precarious.


  • , /preɪ/, /preI/
  • Rhymes with: -eɪ
  • Homophones: prey


  1. To petition or solicit help from a supernatural or higher being.
  2. To humbly beg a person for aid or their time.
  3. to talk to God for any reason.


Derived terms


to petition a higher being
to humbly beg for aid
to talk to God

Extensive Definition

Pray may refer to:
  • Prayer, an active effort to communicate with a deity or spirit
  • Pray (BI), a comune (municipality) in the Province of Biella in the Italian region Piedmont
  • Pray (2005 film), a film produced by Satoshi Fukushima
In music:
pray in French: Pray (homonymie)
pray in Dutch: Pray
pray in Japanese: プレイ
pray in Polish: Pray
pray in Volapük: Pray

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

I beg you, adjure, appeal, appeal to, apply to, ask, be good enough, beg, beseech, brace, call for help, call on, call upon, circulate a petition, clamor for, commune with God, conjure, crave, cry for, cry on, cry to, do, entreat, give thanks, have the goodness, if you please, impetrate, implore, importune, imprecate, invoke, kneel to, make supplication, memorialize, obtest, offer a prayer, petition, plead, plead for, plead with, please, pray do, pray over, prefer a petition, prithee, recite the rosary, request, return thanks, run to, say grace, sign a petition, solicit, sue, supplicate, will you
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