Pray, v. t. 1. To address earnest request to; to supplicate; to entreat; to implore; to beseech.
And as this earl was preyed, so did he.Chaucer.
We pray you . . . by ye reconciled to God.2 Cor. v. 20.
2. To ask earnestly for; to seek to obtain by supplication; to entreat for.
I know not how to pray your patience.Shak.
3. To effect or accomplish by praying; as, to
pray a soul out of purgatory.
To pray in aid.
(Law) (a) To call in as a helper one who has an interest in the cause.
Bacon. (b) A phrase often used to signify claiming the benefit of an argument. See under Aid.
Mozley & W.
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