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Definition of pray verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pray
    he / she / it prays
    past simple prayed
    -ing form praying
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  1. 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. 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.
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