- 1[intransitive, transitive] to speak to God, especially to give thanks or ask for help They knelt down and prayed. pray for somebody/something I'll pray for you. to pray for peace pray to somebody (for somebody/something) She prayed to God for an end to her sufferings. pray (that)… We prayed (that) she would recover from her illness. pray to do something He prayed to be forgiven. + speech “Please God, don't let it happen,” she prayed.
- 2 [intransitive, transitive] to hope very much that something will happen pray (for something) We're praying for good weather on Saturday. pray that… I prayed that nobody would notice my mistake.
NAmE//preɪ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pray
he / she / it prays
past simple prayed
-ing form praying