- prayerW3S3 [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 their prayers and got into bed.▪ God has answered your prayer .prayer for▪ a prayer for the dead2.) [U]when someone prays, or the regular habit of praying▪ the power of prayer▪ a prayer meetingin prayer▪ The congregation knelt in prayer.3.)a wish or hope that something will happen▪ Her prayer was that she would pass her exams.4.) prayers [plural]a regular religious meeting in a church, school etc, at which people pray together▪ Prayers are at 8 o'clock.5.) not have a prayer (of doing sth) informal to have no chance of succeeding▪ He tried hard, but he didn't have a prayer.▪ They don't have a prayer of winning.6.) an/the answer to sb's prayers informalsomething that someone wants or needs very much▪ The job was an answer to my prayers.→on a wing and a prayer at ↑wing1 (10)
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.