|Origin:||preiere, from Latin precaria, from prex; PRAY1|
prayer S3 W3
words that you say when praying to God or gods:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
The children said their prayers and got into bed.
God has answered your prayer.
prayer for➔ lord's prayer
a prayer for the dead
when someone prays, or the regular habit of praying:
the power of prayer
The congregation knelt in prayer.
a wish or hope that something will happen:
Her prayer was that she would pass her exams.
a regular religious meeting in a church, school etc, at which people pray together:
Prayers are at 8 o'clock.
to have no chance of succeeding:
He tried hard, but he didn't have a prayer.
They don't have a prayer of winning.
something that someone wants or needs very much:
The job was an answer to my prayers.