prayer

prayer
prayer [ prer ] noun **
count the words that someone says when they are speaking to God:
say a prayer: He said a prayer for their safe return.
prayer for: a prayer for peace
say your prayers (=pray): I go to church every Sunday and I say my prayers.
a. uncount 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.
b. prayers plural a regular religious ceremony with prayers:
daily/morning/evening prayers: He reads the Koran and attends daily prayers.
not have a prayer INFORMAL
to not have a chance or possibility of success:
They didn't have a prayer without a backer for the new company.
3. ) count INFORMAL a strong hope or wish for something:
an answer to someone's prayer: The job seemed like the answer to her prayers.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • Prayer — • The raising of the heart and mind to God Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. prayer     Prayer     † …   Catholic encyclopedia

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  • prayer — W3S3 [preə US prer] n [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: preiere, from Latin precaria, from prex; PRAY1] 1.) words that you say when praying to God or gods ▪ Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. ▪ The children said… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • prayer — / prer/ n: the part of a pleading (as a complaint) that specifies the relief sought; also: a request for relief or some other action by the court Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. prayer …   Law dictionary

  • Prayer — (?; 277), n. [OE. preiere, OF. preiere, F. pri[ e]re, fr. L. precarius obtained by prayer, fr. precari to pray. See {Pray}, v. i.] 1. The act of praying, or of asking a favor; earnest request or entreaty; hence, a petition or memorial addressed… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Prayer —    Prayer has been defined as the soul s converse with God, or communion with God in devotional exercises, and may be said to be a universally recognized necessity in the life of man. But prayer involves much more than simply asking for certain… …   American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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