prayer

prayer
prayer
W3S3 [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 dead
2.) [U]
when someone prays, or the regular habit of praying
the power of prayer
a prayer meeting
in 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 informal
something that someone wants or needs very much
The job was an answer to my prayers.
on a wing and a prayer atwing1 (10)

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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