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pray (plead)

Definition:

to call upon in supplication

Class:

communication verb (telling, asking, ordering, singing, etc.)

Past tense:

prayed

Present participle:

praying

3rd-person singular present:

prays

Type of:

plead » appeal » request » communicate

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

beg | entreat | implore | intreat

Etymology:

"ask earnestly, beg", also "pray to a god or saint", from Old French preier...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of pray...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

implore | beseech [synonym, sense-specific] | supplicate [synonym, sense-specific] | beg [synonym, sense-specific] | imploration [noun, derived]

to beg or ask (someone) earnestly (to do something); plead with; beseech | to ask earnestly or piteously for; supplicate; beg (20 of 530 words, 2 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/implore

Merriam-Webster:

implore | implored [past tense] | imploring [present participle] | beseech [synonym, sense-specific] | entreat [synonym, sense-specific] | appeal [synonym, sense-specific] | besiege [synonym, sense-specific] | conjure [synonym, sense-specific] | impetrate [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to call upon in supplication; "beseech" | to call or pray for earnestly; "entreat" (13 of 141 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/implore

Oxford Dictionary:

implore | imploringly [derived]

[reporting verb] : beg someone earnestly or desperately to do something | [transitive, archaic] : beg earnestly for (17 of 79 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/implore

Cambridge Dictionary:

implore | imploring [adjective, derived] | imploringly [adverb, derived]

to ask someone to do or not do something in a very sincere, emotional and determined way | [literary] to ask for something in a sincere and emotional ... (27 of 72 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/implore

American Heritage Dictionary:

implore | implored [past tense] | imploring [present participle] | implores [3rd-person singular present] | imploration [noun, related] | implorer [noun, related] | imploringly [adverb, related]

To appeal to in supplication; beseech | To beg for urgently; entreat. | To make an earnest appeal. (16 of 54 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/implore

Macmillan British Dictionary:

implore [transitive, formal] | implored [past tense] | imploring [present participle] | implores [3rd-person singular present]

to ask someone to do something, in a very emotional way, because you want it very much (17 of 51 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/implore

Random House Dictionary:

implore | implored [past tense] | imploring [present participle]

to beg urgently or piteously, as for aid or mercy; beseech; entreat. | to beg urgently or piteously for (aid, mercy, pardon, etc.). | to make urgent ... (25 of 47 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/implore

New World Dictionary:

implore | implored [past tense] | imploring [present participle] | imploringly [adverb, related]

to ask or beg earnestly for; beseech | to ask or beg (a person) to do something; entreat (17 of 39 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/implore

Wiktionary:

implore | implored [past tense] | imploring [present participle] | implores [3rd-person singular present] | entreat [synonym]

To beg for, to entreat urgently or earnestly. (8 of 20 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/implore

Wikipedia:

Pray [disambiguation]

may refer to: Prayer, an active effort to communicate with a deity or spirit | Pray may also refer to: Pray, Piedmont, a comune in the Province of Biella | Pray, Wisconsin, an unincorporated community | Gy├Ârgy Pray (1723-1801), a Hungarian Jesuit... (39 of 228 words, 19 definitions)

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Encarta Dictionary:

implore | implored [past tense] | imploring [present participle] | implores [3rd-person singular present]

to plead with somebody to do something | to beg or pray for something (formal) (14 of 92 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861620420​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

pray

First use: late 13th century

Origin: "ask earnestly, beg", also "pray to a god or saint", from Old French preier (about 900), from Latin precari "ask earnestly, beg", from ... (26 of 87 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=pray

Wiktionary:

pray | prayed [past tense] | praying [present participle] | prays [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English preien, from Anglo-Norman preier, from Old French preier, proier, (French prier), from Late Latin precāre, from Latin precārī, present active infinitive of precor, from... (26 of 50 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/pray

Collins Dictionary:

pray

First use: 13th century

Origin: from Old French preier, from Latin precārī to implore, from prex an entreaty; related to Old English fricgan, Old High ... (22 of 31 etymology words)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/pray

Merriam-Webster:

pray

First use: 13th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French prier, praer, preier, from Latin precari, from prec-, prex request, ... (16 of 31 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/pray

New World Dictionary:

pray

Origin: Middle English preien from Old French preier from Late Latin precare, for Latin precari from prex (generally ... (17 of 31 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/pray

American Heritage Dictionary:

pray | prayed [past tense] | praying [present participle] | prays [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English preien, from Old French preier, from Latin precārī, from precē, plural of *prex, prayer; see prek- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/pray

Oxford Dictionary:

pray

Origin: Middle English (in the sense "ask earnestly"): from Old French preier, from late Latin precare, alteration of Latin precari "entreat"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/pray

Encarta Dictionary:

pray | prayed [past tense] | praying [present participle] | prays [3rd-person singular present]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Old French preier from Latin precari "entreat" from prec- "prayer"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861737459​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

pray | prayed [past tense] | praying [present participle] | prays [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "pray"

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Collins Dictionary:

pray

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "pray"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

pray | prayed [past tense] | praying [present participle] | prays [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "pray"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/pray

pray [outdated, adverb]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "pray"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

pray | prayed [past tense] | praying [present participle] | prays [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "pray"

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pray [outdated, adverb]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "pray"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

pray [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "pray"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "pray"

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the Free Dictionary:

pray

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "pray"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "pray"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "pray" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

pray | prayed [past tense] | praying [present participle] | prays [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "pray"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

pray

Audio: North American pronunciation of "pray"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=pray​0001 word=pray

YourDictionary Audio:

pray

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "pray" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

Pray

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "Pray" by speech synthesizer

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