Prayer - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |prer|  American pronunciation of the word prayer
Brit.  |prɛː|  British pronunciation of the word prayer


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

the priest sank to his knees in prayer

- reverent petition to a deity (syn: orison, petition)
- earnest or urgent request (syn: appeal, entreaty)
- a fixed text used in praying
- someone who prays to God (syn: supplicant)


Our prayer that peace be / should be restored was heard.

You don't have a prayer of closing this deal.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

The children said their prayers and got into bed.

God has answered your prayer.

The congregation knelt in prayer.

Her prayer was that she would pass her exams.

the priest sank to his knees in prayer

We said a prayer for world peace.

...the holy monk spent many hours on his knees in prayer...

She stretched forth her hands in prayer.

...I deem it fitting that we mark this solemn occasion with a day of prayer and thanksgiving....

Chant is often used as a form of meditation and prayer.

...the priest then proceeded to intonate the prayer's familiar opening words...

prayer and meditation helped her put her mundane worries aside

Word forms

singular: prayer
plural: prayers
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