You fight and scheme and pray to get it, even while knowing fully that, like life itself, occupation is temporal.
She felt in her bones that something would go wrong, and later that night, she met with a group of pastors and asked them to pray.
The videos of Pope Francis hugging children and asking nine-year-olds to pray for him are deliciously heartwarming.
Blockbuster memoir Eat, pray, Love was the ultimate story of a woman finding freedom, so why did Elizabeth Gilbert get married?
If this is what he did to a paragraph in a forgettable speech, what pray tell did he do to something that really mattered?
Then, I pray you, tell to me and Maude your fair story of the Lyonesse.
pray accept this author's copy with his best and hopefullest wishes.
She lay there without the power to weep, or the courage to pray—how long, she knew not.
And pray now let me ask you, If the honour of that will not be an honour to you?
Oh, my dear brother, pray that I may be humble, and of a childlike spirit.
early 13c., "ask earnestly, beg," also (c.1300) "pray to a god or saint," from Old French preier "to pray" (c.900, Modern French prier), from Vulgar Latin *precare (also source of Italian pregare), from Latin precari "ask earnestly, beg, entreat," from *prex (plural preces, genitive precis) "prayer, request, entreaty," from PIE root *prek- "to ask, request, entreat" (cf. Sanskrit prasna-, Avestan frashna- "question;" Old Church Slavonic prositi, Lithuanian prasyti "to ask, beg;" Old High German frahen, German fragen, Old English fricgan "to ask" a question).
Parenthetical expression I pray you, "please, if you will," attested from 1510s, contracted to pray 16c. Related: Prayed; praying. Praying mantis attested from 1809. The "Gardener's Monthly" of July 1861 lists other names for it as camel cricket, soothsayer, and rear horse.