Definitions for Prayerˈpreɪ ər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

prayerprɛər(n.)

  1. a devout petition to God or an object of worship.

  2. a spiritual communion with God or an object of worship, as in supplication, thanksgiving, or adoration.

  3. the act or practice of praying to God or an object of worship.

  4. a formula or sequence of words used in praying:

    the Lord's Prayer.

  5. prayers, a religious observance consisting mainly of prayer.

  6. something prayed for.

  7. a petition; entreaty.

  8. a negligible hope or chance:

    We don't have a prayer of winning.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of prayer:

1250–1300; ME preiere < OF < ML precāria, n. use of fem. of L precārius given as a favor =prec- (s. of prex) prayer +-ārius -ary ; cf. precarious

pray•erˈpreɪ ər(n.)

  1. a person who prays.

Origin of prayer:

1400–50

Princeton's WordNet

  1. prayer, supplication(noun)

    the act of communicating with a deity (especially as a petition or in adoration or contrition or thanksgiving)

    "the priest sank to his knees in prayer"

  2. prayer, petition, orison(noun)

    reverent petition to a deity

  3. entreaty, prayer, appeal(noun)

    earnest or urgent request

    "an entreaty to stop the fighting"; "an appeal for help"; "an appeal to the public to keep calm"

  4. prayer(noun)

    a fixed text used in praying

  5. prayer, supplicant(noun)

    someone who prays to God

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. prayer(noun)ˈpreɪ ər

    words you say when you pray, or the act of praying

    her prayer to God; the call to evening prayers; He bowed his head in prayer.

  2. prayerˈpreɪ ər

    to have no chance of succeeding

    The team doesn't have a prayer against the Yankees.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prayer(noun)

    one who prays; a supplicant

  2. Prayer(verb)

    the act of praying, or of asking a favor; earnest request or entreaty; hence, a petition or memorial addressed to a court or a legislative body

  3. Prayer(verb)

    the act of addressing supplication to a divinity, especially to the true God; the offering of adoration, confession, supplication, and thanksgiving to the Supreme Being; as, public prayer; secret prayer

  4. Prayer(verb)

    the form of words used in praying; a formula of supplication; an expressed petition; especially, a supplication addressed to God; as, a written or extemporaneous prayer; to repeat one's prayers

Freebase

  1. Prayer

    Prayer is an invocation or act that seeks to activate a rapport with a deity, an object of worship, or a spiritual entity through deliberate communication. Prayer can be a form of religious practice, may be either individual or communal and take place in public or in private. It may involve the use of words or song. When language is used, prayer may take the form of a hymn, incantation, formal creed, or a spontaneous utterance in the praying person. There are different forms of prayer such as petitionary prayer, prayers of supplication, thanksgiving, and worship/praise. Prayer may be directed towards a deity, spirit, deceased person, or lofty idea, for the purpose of worshipping, requesting guidance, requesting assistance, confessing sins or to express one's thoughts and emotions. Thus, people pray for many reasons such as personal benefit or for the sake of others. Yoga is also a common form of prayer. Most major religions involve prayer in one way or another. Some ritualize the act of prayer, requiring a strict sequence of actions or placing a restriction on who is permitted to pray, while others teach that prayer may be practiced spontaneously by anyone at any time. Scientific studies regarding the use of prayer have mostly concentrated on its effect on the healing of sick or injured people. Meta-studies of the studies in this field have been performed showing evidence only for no effect or a potentially small effect. For instance, a 2006 meta analysis on 14 studies concluded that there is "no discernable effect" while a 2007 systemic review of intercessory prayer reported inconclusive results, noting that 7 of 17 studies had "small, but significant, effect sizes" but the review noted that the most methodologically rigorous studies failed to produce significant findings. The efficacy of petition in prayer for physical healing to a deity has been evaluated in numerous other studies, with contradictory results. There has been some criticism of the way the studies were conducted.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. prayer

    A supplication intended for the person who prays. Only very dull people doubt its efficacy.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Prayer' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4373

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Prayer' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4732

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Prayer' in Nouns Frequency: #1354


Translations for Prayer

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

prayer(noun)

(an) act of praying

a book of prayer; The child said his prayers; My prayers have been answered (=I've got what I desired).

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