Pray Pray, v. t. 1. To address earnest request to; to supplicate; to entreat; to implore; to beseech. [1913 Webster]

And as this earl was preyed, so did he. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

We pray you . . . by ye reconciled to God. --2 Cor. v. 20. [1913 Webster]

2. To ask earnestly for; to seek to obtain by supplication; to entreat for. [1913 Webster]

I know not how to pray your patience. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To effect or accomplish by praying; as, to pray a soul out of purgatory. --Milman. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.