• (British) IPA: /pɹɛə(ɹ)/
  • (America) enPR prâr, IPA: /pɹɛɚ/, /ˈpɹeɪəɹ/


  1. A practice of communicating with one's God.
    Through prayer I ask for God's blessings.
  2. The act of praying.
    In many cultures, prayer involves singing.
  3. The specific words or methods used for praying.
    Christians recite the Lord's Prayer.
    For Baha'is there's a difference between obligatory and devotional prayer.
  4. A meeting held for the express purpose of praying.
    Grandpa never misses a chance to go to prayer.
  5. A request; a petition.
    This, your honor, is my prayer; that all here be set free.
  6. (mostly in negative constructions) The remotest hope or chance.
    That team doesn't have a prayer of winning the championship.
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈpɹeɪə(ɹ)/
  • (America) enPR: prāʹər, IPA: /ˈpɹeɪəɹ/

prayer (plural prayers)

  1. One who prays.
    • 1974, Shel Silverstein, “Invitation”, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Harper Collins Publishers:
      If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar / A hope-er[sic], a pray-er[sic], a magic bean buyer…
    • 2012, Paul O'Connor, Islam in Hong Kong: Muslims and Everyday Life in China's World City
      Out of the 37 respondents, seven are infrequent prayers who prefer to leave the precise details of their prayer life ambiguous.
  • German: Beter, Beterin
  • Italian: pregatore, pregatrice
  • Portuguese: orador, oradora, rezador, rezadora
  • Spanish: orador, oradora, orante

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