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noun British English pronunciation: prayer /preə(r)/ 
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pluralprayers
  1. 1
    [countable] the words that someone says when they are speaking to God
    prayer for:

    a prayer for peace

    say a prayer:

    He said a prayer for their safety.

    say your prayers (=pray):

    I go to Chapel 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.

      prayers

      [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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