pray [-ed, -ing] v

ME preien < OFr preier < late L. precārī, entreat, pray.

  1. Worship; supplicate; petition God; address the Creator; communicate with Deity; kneel in humble entreaty to a Supreme Being; fulfill religious duty by reciting a devotional text.
  2. Ask; request; urge; entreat; beg; importune; plead; hope; wish; desire; want.
  3. Please; [elliptically] if you please; I ask you; I implore you.