I. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French priere, praiere, preiere, from Medieval Latin precaria, from Latin, feminine of precarius obtained by entreaty, from prec-, prex Date: 14th century 1. a. (1) an address (as a petition) to God or a god in word or thought <
said a prayer for the success of the voyage
(2) a set order of words used in praying b. an earnest request or wish 2. the act or practice of praying to God or a god <
kneeling in prayer
3. a religious service consisting chiefly of prayers — often used in plural 4. something prayed for 5. a slight chance <
haven't got a prayer
II. noun Etymology: Middle English prayere, from prayen to pray + 2-er Date: 14th century one that prays ; supplicant

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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