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Definition of pray:

  1. See Pry.
  2. To entreat; to ask with earnestness; to supplicate; to address or petition the Supreme Being; to ask with reverence and humility.


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Usage examples:

  • The Mahometans pray five times in twenty- four hours, viz.

    - "Narrative of a Voyage to India; of a Shipwreck on board the Lady Castlereagh; and a Description of New South Wales", W. B. Cramp.
  • I pray thee put it on again.

    - "A Boy's Ride", Gulielma Zollinger.
  • How could I pray?

    - "The Valley of Vision", Henry Van Dyke.