prayer Definition

  • 1a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God or another deity
  • 2an earnest hope or wish

Using prayer: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "prayer" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She said a prayer for her sick friend.

  • Example

    He knelt in prayer before the altar.

  • Example

    The family gathered together for evening prayers.

  • Example

    The priest led the congregation in prayer.

prayer Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for prayer

Idioms Using prayer

  • keep someone in one's prayers

    to pray for someone's well-being


    We'll keep you in our prayers during this difficult time.

  • a person who is committed to praying for others and their needs


    She is known as a prayer warrior in her church community.

  • thoughts and prayers

    an expression of sympathy or concern for someone who has experienced a tragedy or loss


    Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the natural disaster.

Phrases with prayer

  • say one's prayers

    to recite a prayer before going to bed


    My mother always made me say my prayers before going to sleep.

  • a prayer that has been granted or fulfilled


    His recovery was an answered prayer for his family.

  • a cylindrical wheel on a spindle, with prayers written on it, that is rotated by hand as a devotional practice in Tibetan Buddhism


    The monk spun the prayer wheel as he recited his prayers.

Origins of prayer

from Old French 'prier', meaning 'to pray'


Summary: prayer in Brief

The term 'prayer' [preɪər] refers to a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God or another deity. It can also denote an earnest hope or wish. Examples include 'She said a prayer for her sick friend.' and 'The family gathered together for evening prayers.' Phrases like 'keep someone in one's prayers' and 'thoughts and prayers' express sympathy and concern for others.

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