from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A reverent petition made to God, a god, or another object of worship.
- n. The act of making a reverent petition to God, a god, or another object of worship.
- n. An act of communion with God, a god, or another object of worship, such as in devotion, confession, praise, or thanksgiving: One evening a week, the family would join together in prayer.
- n. A specially worded form used to address God, a god, or another object of worship.
- n. A religious observance in which praying predominates: morning prayers.
- n. A fervent request: Her prayer for rain was granted at last.
- n. The thing requested: His safe arrival was their only prayer.
- n. The slightest chance or hope: In a storm the mountain climbers won't have a prayer.
- n. Law The request of a complainant, as stated in a complaint or in equity, that the court grant the aid or relief solicited.
- n. Law The section of the complaint or bill that contains this request.
- n. One who prays.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A practice of communicating with one's God.
- n. The act of praying.
- n. The specific words or methods used for praying.
- n. A meeting held for the express purpose of praying.
- n. A request; a petition.
- n. One who prays.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who prays; a supplicant.
- n. 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.
- n. 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
- n. The form of words used in praying; a formula of supplication; an expressed petition; especially, a supplication addressed to God
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of beseeching, entreating, or supplicating; supplication; entreaty; petition; suit.
- n. In religious usage, a devout petition to an object of worship, as God, or a saint or an angel; an orison: confined in Protestant usage to such petitions addressed to God; more generally, any spiritual communion with God, including confession, petition, adoration, praise, and thanksgiving. See dulia.
- n. The practice of praying, or of communing with God.
- n. The form of words used in praying; a formula of worship: as, the Lord's Prayer.
- n. A form of religious service; a religious observance, either public or private, consisting mainly of prayer to God; a liturgy: often in the plural: as, the service of morning prayer; family prayers.
- n. That part of a memorial or petition to a public body, or of a bill of complaint in equity, which specifies the thing desired to be done or granted, as distinct from the recital of facts or reasons for the grant.
- n. See the qualifying words.
- n. One who prays; a suppliant; a petitioner.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a fixed text used in praying
- n. someone who prays to God
- n. earnest or urgent request
- n. the act of communicating with a deity (especially as a petition or in adoration or contrition or thanksgiving)
- n. reverent petition to a deity
Middle English preiere, from Old French, from Medieval Latin precāria, from feminine of Latin precārius, obtained by entreaty, from precārī, to entreat; see pray.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English preiere, from Anglo-Norman preiere, from Old French priere, proiere, from Medieval Latin or Late Latin precāria, feminine of Latin precārius ("obtained by entreaty"), from precor ("beg, entreat"). (Wiktionary)
to pray + -er. (Wiktionary)