Definition of pray adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//preɪ//
; NAmE NAmE//preɪ//
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(old use or ironic) used to mean ‘please’ when you are asking a question or telling somebody to do something What, pray, is the meaning of this? Pray continue. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘ask earnestly’): from Old French preier, from late Latin precare, alteration of Latin precari ‘entreat’.
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