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Meaning of prayer by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Communication with God, act of praying, etc
    • ( UK ) IPA: /pɹɛə( ɹ )/, X-SAMPA: /pr\E@( r\ )/
    • ( US ) enPR: prâr, IPA: /pɹɛɹ/, X-SAMPA: /pr\Er\/
    One who prays
    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈpɹeɪə( ɹ )/, X-SAMPA: /"pr\eI.@( r\ )/
    • ( US ) enPR: prāʹər, IPA: /ˈpɹeɪəɹ/, X-SAMPA: /"pr\eI.@r\/

    Etymology 1

    From Middle English preiere, from Old French priere, proiere, from Medieval Latin precaria, feminine of Latin precarius ( “obtained by entreaty” ), from precor ( “beg, entreat” )


    prayer ( plural: prayers )

    1. A practice of communicating with one's God .
      Through prayer I ask for God's blessings .
    2. The act of praying .
      In many cultures, prayer involves singing .
    3. The specific words or methods used for praying .
      Christians recite the Lord's Prayer .
    4. A meeting held for the express purpose of praying .
      Grandpa never misses a chance to go to prayer .
    5. A request; a petition .
      This, your honor, is my prayer; that all here be set free .
    Derived terms

    Etymology 2

    pray + -er


    prayer ( plural: prayers )

    1. One who prays .
      Yep, Grandpa is a real prayer all right .

Explanation of prayer by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the act of communicating with a deity ( especially as a petition or in adoration or contrition or thanksgiving )

    2. the priest sank to his knees in prayer
    3. a fixed text used in praying

    4. earnest or urgent request

    5. reverent petition to a deity

    6. someone who prays to God

    Definition of prayer by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Prayer n. One who prays; a supplicant.

    2. Prayer ( ; 277 ), n. [OE. preiere, OF. preiere, F. prière, fr. L. precarius obtained by prayer, fr. precari to pray. See Pray, v. i.]
      1. The act of praying, or of asking a favor; earnest request or entreaty; hence, a petition or memorial addressed to a court or a legislative body. “Their meek preyere.” Chaucer

      2. The act of addressing supplication to a divinity, especially to the true God; the offering of adoration, confession, supplication, and thanksgiving to the Supreme Being; as, “public prayer; secret prayer.”

      As he is famed for mildness, peace, and prayer. Shak.

      3. The form of words used in praying; a formula of supplication; an expressed petition; especially, a supplication addressed to God; as, “a written or extemporaneous prayer; to repeat one's prayers.”

      He made those excellent prayers which were published immediately after his death. Bp. Fell.

      Prayer book, a book containing devotional prayers. -- Prayer meeting, a meeting or gathering for prayer to God.

      Syn. -- Petition; orison; supplication; entreaty; suit.