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The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men - men of prayer.
Edward McKendree Bounds

Meaning of "prayer" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD PRAYER

Preiere, from Old French, from Medieval Latin precāria, from Latin precārius obtained by begging, from prex prayer.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF PRAYER

prayer  [prɛə] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF PRAYER

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Prayer is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES PRAYER MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Prayer

Prayer is an invocation or act that seeks to activate a rapport with a deity, an object of worship, or a spiritual entity through deliberate communication. Prayer can be a form of religious practice, may be either individual or communal and take place in public or in private. It may involve the use of words or song. When language is used, prayer may take the form of a hymn, incantation, formal creed, or a spontaneous utterance in the praying person. There are different forms of prayer such as petitionary prayer, prayers of supplication, thanksgiving, and worship/praise. Prayer may be directed towards a deity, spirit, deceased person, or lofty idea, for the purpose of worshipping, requesting guidance, requesting assistance, confessing sins or to express one's thoughts and emotions. Thus, people pray for many reasons such as personal benefit or for the sake of others. Most major religions involve prayer in one way or another. Some ritualize the act of prayer, requiring a strict sequence of actions or placing a restriction on who is permitted to pray, while others teach that prayer may be practiced spontaneously by anyone at any time.

Definition of prayer in the English dictionary

The first definition of prayer in the dictionary is a personal communication or petition addressed to a deity, esp in the form of supplication, adoration, praise, contrition, or thanksgiving. Other definition of prayer is any other form of spiritual communion with a deity. Prayer is also a similar personal communication that does not involve adoration, addressed to beings venerated as being closely associated with a deity, such as angels or saints.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH PRAYER


contrair
kənˈtrɛə
crare
krɛə
karearea
ˈkɑːrɛərɛə
libraire
liːˈbrɛə
numeraire
ˌnjuːməˈrɛə
rare
rɛə
ultrarare
ˌʌltrəˈrɛə

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE PRAYER

praxis
Praxiteles
pray
prayer beads
prayer book
prayer mat
prayer meeting
prayer rug
prayer shawl
prayer wheel
prayerful
prayerfully
prayerfulness
prayerless
prayerlessly
prayerlessness
praying
praying mantid
praying mantis
prayingly

WORDS THAT END LIKE PRAYER

affrayer
arrayer
betrayer
bewrayer
Book of Common Prayer
brayer
common prayer
crop sprayer
defrayer
Evening Prayer
foam sprayer
forayer
layer
Lord´s Prayer
on a wing and a prayer
player
portrayer
sprayer
strayer
the Lord´s Prayer

Synonyms and antonyms of prayer in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «PRAYER»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «prayer» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of prayer

Translation of «prayer» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF PRAYER

Find out the translation of prayer to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of prayer from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «prayer» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

祈祷
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

oración
570 millions of speakers

English

prayer
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

प्रार्थना
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

صَلاة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

молитва
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

oração
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

প্রার্থনা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

prière
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Doa
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Gebet
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

祈り
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

기도
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Pandonga
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

lời cầu nguyện
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

பிரார்த்தனை
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

प्रार्थना
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

namaz
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

preghiera
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

modlitwa
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

молитва
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

rugăciune
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

προσευχή
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

gebed
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

bön
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

bønn
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of prayer

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «PRAYER»

The term «prayer» is very widely used and occupies the 7.200 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «PRAYER» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «prayer» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «prayer» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about prayer

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10 QUOTES WITH «PRAYER»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word prayer.
1
Justin Baldoni
My little secret before I do every scene is I say a short little prayer.
2
Stephen Baldwin
Scripture is the thing I like to share with people more than anything. My prayer reality is quite kooky. I have this very unique dialogue with the Lord. I utilize my own sort of street vocabulary - nothing slang that would be unacceptable.
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Maria Bamford
My mom is very structured. She gets up, she does her prayers, and she eats her oatmeal with blueberries and Greek yogurt, and she has her prayer list, and she doesn't worry too much about things.
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Mark Batterson
Prayer is not about letting God know your will; it's about completely submitting to him. You die to yourself.
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Georges Bernanos
The wish to pray is a prayer in itself. God can ask no more than that of us.
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Corrie Ten Boom
Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.
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Edward McKendree Bounds
Prayer is a specific divine appointment, an ordinance of Heaven, whereby God purposes to carry out His gracious designs on earth and to execute and make efficient the plan of salvation.
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Edward McKendree Bounds
The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men - men of prayer.
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Edward McKendree Bounds
In doing God's work, there is no substitute for praying. The men of prayer cannot be displaced with other kinds of men.
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Edward McKendree Bounds
Nothing is more important to God than prayer in dealing with mankind. But it is likewise all-important to man to pray.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «PRAYER»

Discover the use of prayer in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to prayer and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Book of Common Prayer
A time-honored vision of Common Prayer informs the contents and presentation of this book. It seeks to unify the worship of God's people, While allowing reasonable scope for diversity within the essential unity of the Church's prayer.
Church of Ireland, 2004
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Book of Common Prayer
A time-honored vision of Common Prayer informs the contents and presentation of this book. It seeks to unify the worship of God's people, While allowing reasonable scope for diversity within the essential unity of the Church's prayer.
Church of Ireland, 2004
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Book of Common Prayer
A time-honored vision of Common Prayer informs the contents and presentation of this book. It seeks to unify the worship of God's people, While allowing reasonable scope for diversity within the essential unity of the Church's prayer.
Church of Ireland, 2004
4
A Jewish Woman's Prayer Book
Culled from a wide range of sources, both geographically and historically, this collection testifies that women's prayers were—and continue to be—an inspired expression of personal supplication and desire.
Aliza Lavie, 2008
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Youcat English: Youth Prayer Book
Now YOUCAT -- The Youth Prayer Book, helps them to live their faith and deepen their spiritual lives. The book includes modern, new prayers, along with traditional prayers, and the time-honored prayers of Holy Scripture.
Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, Georg von Lengerke, Dörte Schrömges, 2013
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A Diary of Private Prayer
In this book of personal devotions, noted theologian Dr. John Baillie offers personal prayers for people who are seeking a better understanding of God and themselves.
John Baillie, 2010
7
A Book of Pagan Prayer
Organized by usage, this book culls pagan prayers to the gods and goddesses of the Celtic, Germanic, Egyptian, Greek, and Zoroastrian traditions and includes blank pages for recording one's own prayers. Consumable.
Ceisiwr Serith, 2002
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Commentary on the American Prayer Book
Traces and comments upon the sources, history, and development of each of the rites and formularies of the book from the earliest known forms until the present day.
Marion J. Hatchett, 1995
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A Pagan Ritual Prayer Book
A companion to the popular A Book of Pagan Prayer, this handbook of rituals and prayers is organized thematically, making it convenient to use if one is seeking prayers for specific occasions, seasons, times of day, meals, or milestones.
Ceisiwr Serith, 2011
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An African Prayer Book
The African Prayer Book is just such an aid, for in this collection all the spiritual riches of the vast and varied continent of Africa are bravely set forth.
Desmond Tutu, 2009

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «PRAYER»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term prayer is used in the context of the following news items.
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Mississippi school district fined $7500 for opening assembly with …
Allowing a school assembly honoring high-achievers to open with a prayer made one Mississippi school district $7,500 poorer - and a student ... «Fox News, Jul 15»
2
Baird to announce audit of prayer groups in schools after allegations …
July 28, 2015: NSW Premier Mike Baird will today announce an audit into prayer groups at state schools after it emerged a student was ... «9news.com.au, Jul 15»
3
Stabbing Attack At Maryland Prayer Center Leaves 1 Dead, 1 Injured
A man was stabbed to death and his wife was seriously wounded on Sunday night during an attack at a Korean prayer center in Frederick ... «Huffington Post, Jul 15»
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Reeves found that the district improperly allowed a Christian prayer at the ACT honors event. He found that the district was required to change ... «WND.com, Jul 15»
5
Prayer Request and Praise Report
First, let me thank you and the prayer warriors of your blog for earlier prayers on behalf of our daughter, who was diagnosed with breast cancer ... «Patheos, Jul 15»
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Akron council members stop joint prayer; new effort is aimed at …
For many years, they gathered before council meetings, recited the Lord's Prayer and then entered the chambers in unison. This tradition ... «Akron Beacon Journal, Jul 15»
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Prayer vigil to be held for store clerk murdered in Durham
A prayer vigil will be held on Thursday in Durham to honor the life of Amer Mahmood, who was shot to death in an armed robbery on July 4. «WNCN, Jul 15»
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Power of Prayer: Kathleen Pourciau
"Trust and obey for there's no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey" Kathleen hummed. Now, years later, Kathleen said the ... «WAFB.com, Jul 15»
9
Weekend of Prayer Over Students in Hawkins County Schools …
“Expecting God's Help is trying as well to organize local churches to be present to hand out Prayer Guides and lead prayers if needed,” he ... «Therogersvillereview, Jul 15»
10
Temple adopts groundbreaking prayer book
The new prayer book — Mishkan HaNefesh, which means Sanctuary of ... The prayer book's goal is to provide an environment for those of all ... «The Ridgefield Press, Jul 15»

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