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(v. i.) The act of addressing supplication to a divinity, especially to the true God; the offering of adoration, confession, supplication, and thanksgiving to the Supreme Being; as, public prayer; secret prayer.
(n.) One who prays; a supplicant.
(v. i.) The form of words used in praying; a formula of supplication; an expressed petition; especially, a supplication addressed to God; as, a written or extemporaneous prayer; to repeat one's prayers.
(v. i.) The act of praying, or of asking a favor; earnest request or entreaty; hence, a petition or memorial addressed to a court or a legislative body.
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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Prayer'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​web/​p/prayer.html. 1828.