What does prayer mean?

Definitions for prayer
ˈpreɪ ərprayer

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word prayer.

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

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

How to pronounce prayer?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say prayer in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prayer in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prayer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of prayer in a Sentence

  1. Yahya Al Hashemi:

    We just washed and were getting ready to head to the Masjid al-Haram for the Maghrib prayer( sunset prayer), it was a sandstorm which turned to rainstorm and lot of the construction covering boards were flying around, and lots of cracking noises which unfortunately ended with this tragedy. ... Everybody was pushing trying to escape from inside towards the exits.

  2. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley:

    My hope and prayer is that Sen. Cruz can come through so that he can push through and really get to where he needs to go ... we do want a strong leader. We do want somebody that's conservative.

  3. Rick Perry:

    The Response is a prayer event, it is a spiritual event. It is not a political event.

  4. JANET-GRACE- ESSON SCOTT- POWERHOUSE SOPRANO FROM JAMAICA.:

    LORD I SEE THE SUN IS SHINING, THE RAIN IS FALLING MY PRAYER IN MUSIC MINISTRY IS TO SHARE THIS GOD GIVEN VOICE IN ENRICHING THE LIVES OF PEOPLE IN THESE LIFE STRUGGLES. LORD, IT IS THE SWEETNESS OF YOUR LOVE.

  5. Donald Trump:

    Since the signing of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago, America always affirmed that liberty comes from our creator. Our rights are given to us by God, and no earthly force can ever take those rights away. That is why my administration is transferring power out of Washington and returning that power back where it belongs to the people, our religious liberty is enshrined in the very first amendment in the Bill of Rights. The American founders invoked our creator four times in the Declaration of Independence, said Trump. Benjamin Franklin reminded his colleagues at the Constitutional Convention to begin by bowing their heads in prayer. Inscribed on our currency are the words: ‘In God We Trust.’.

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