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noun prayer pronunciation in American English /prer/
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  1. 1
    [countable] the words that someone says when they are speaking to God
    say a prayer: He said a prayer for their safe return.
    prayer for: a prayer for peace
    say your prayers (=pray): I go to church every Sunday and I say my prayers.
    1. a.
      [uncountable] the act or practice of speaking to God
      He was a firm believer in the power of prayer.
      in prayer: A group of Christians knelt in prayer.
    2. b.


      [plural] a regular religious ceremony with prayers
      daily/morning/evening prayers: He reads the Koran and attends daily prayers.
  2. 2
    [countable] informal a strong hope or wish for something
    an answer to someone’s prayer: The job seemed like the answer to her prayers.



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