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1    when intr, often foll by: for; when tr, usually takes a clause as object   to utter prayers (to God or other object of worship)  
we prayed to God for the sick child     
2    when tr, usually takes a clause as object or an infinitive   to make an earnest entreaty (to or for); beg or implore  
she prayed to be allowed to go, leave, I pray you     
3    tr  
Rare   to accomplish or bring by praying  
to pray a soul into the kingdom     
4    Archaic   I beg you; please  
pray, leave us alone     
     (C13: from Old French preier, from Latin precari to implore, from prex an entreaty; related to Old English fricgan, Old High German fragen to ask, Old Norse fregna to enquire)  
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1    offer a prayer, recite the rosary, say one's prayers  
2    adjure, ask, beg, beseech, call upon, crave, cry for, entreat, implore, importune, invoke, petition, plead, request, solicit, sue, supplicate, urge  

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