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Pray (n. & v.) See Pry.
Pray (v. i.) To make request with earnestness or zeal, as for something desired; to make entreaty or supplication; to offer prayer to a deity or divine being as a religious act; specifically, to address the Supreme Being with adoration, confession, supplication, and thanksgiving.
Pray (v. t.) To address earnest request to; to supplicate; to entreat; to implore; to beseech.
Pray (v. t.) To ask earnestly for; to seek to obtain by supplication; to entreat for.
Pray (v. t.) To effect or accomplish by praying; as, to pray a soul out of purgatory.