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verb     pray pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlepraying
past tenseprayed
past participleprayed
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to speak to God or a saint, for example to give thanks or ask for help

    Let us pray.

    pray for:

    They prayed for peace.

    pray to God to do something:

    He prayed to God to save him.

    pray (that):

    We all prayed that she would soon recover.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to hope or wish very strongly for something
    pray (that):

    Everyone prayed that the war wouldn’t last long.

    pray for:

    They will be praying for the chance to replay the match.

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a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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