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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pray, v. t.
 1. To address earnest request to; to supplicate; to entreat; to implore; to beseech.
    And as this earl was preyed, so did he.   --Chaucer.
    We pray you . . . by ye reconciled to God.   --2 Cor. v. 20.
 2. To ask earnestly for; to seek to obtain by supplication; to entreat for.
    I know not how to pray your patience.   --Shak.
 3. To effect or accomplish by praying; as, to pray a soul out of purgatory.
 To pray in aid. Law (a) To call in as a helper one who has an interest in the cause. --Bacon. (b) A phrase often used to signify claiming the benefit of an argument. See under Aid.
 

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Aid, n.
 1. Help; succor; assistance; relief.
    An unconstitutional mode of obtaining aid.   --Hallam.
 2. The person or thing that promotes or helps in something done; a helper; an assistant.
    It is not good that man should be alone; let us make unto him an aid like unto himself.   --Tobit viii. 6.
 3. Eng. Hist. A subsidy granted to the king by Parliament; also, an exchequer loan.
 4. Feudal Law A pecuniary tribute paid by a vassal to his lord on special occasions.
 5. An aid-de-camp, so called by abbreviation; as, a general's aid.
 Aid prayer Law, a proceeding by which a defendant beseeches and claims assistance from some one who has a further or more permanent interest in the matter in suit.
 To pray in aid, to beseech and claim such assistance.