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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 pray /ˈpre/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pray v. i. [imp. & p. p. Prayed p. pr. & vb. n. Praying.]  To make request with earnestness or zeal, as for something desired; to make entreaty or supplication; to offer prayer to a deity or divine being as a religious act; specifically, to address the Supreme Being with adoration, confession, supplication, and thanksgiving.
    And to his goddess pitously he preyde.   --Chaucer.
    When thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.   --Matt. vi. 6.
 I pray, or (by ellipsis) Pray, I beg; I request; I entreat you; -- used in asking a question, making a request, introducing a petition, etc.; as, Pray, allow me to go.
    I pray, sir. why am I beaten?   --Shak.
 Syn: -- To entreat; supplicate; beg; implore; invoke; beseech; petition.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pray n. & v. See Pry. [Obs.]

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: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: address God; say a prayer
      2: call upon in supplication; entreat; "I beg you to stop!"
         [syn: beg, implore]