To petition or solicit help from a supernatural or higher being.
‘Muslims (or submitters) pray in the direction of Mecca.’;
(archaic) Short for "I pray thee", i.e. Please.
To humbly beg a person for aid or their time.
A corruption of pray thee; as, I prithee; generally used without I.
‘What was that scream for, I prithee?’; ‘Prithee, tell me, Dimple-chin.’;
(religion) To communicate with God for any reason.
please (used to convey a polite request)
‘prithee, Jack, answer me honestly’;
(obsolete) To ask earnestly for; to seek to obtain by supplication; to entreat for.
Prithee is an archaic English interjection formed from a corruption of the phrase pray thee ([I] ask you [to]), which was initially an exclamation of contempt used to indicate a subject's triviality. The earliest recorded appearance of the word prithee according to the Oxford English Dictionary was in 1577 and the last appearance was in 1875 while it is most commonly found in works from the seventeenth century.
Please; used to make a polite request.
‘pray silence for…’;
To make request with earnestness or zeal, as for something desired; to make entreaty or supplication; to offer prayer to a deity or divine being as a religious act; specifically, to address the Supreme Being with adoration, confession, supplication, and thanksgiving.
‘And to his goddess pitously he preyde.’; ‘When thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.’; ‘I pray, sir. why am I beaten?’;
To address earnest request to; to supplicate; to entreat; to implore; to beseech.
‘And as this earl was preyed, so did he.’; ‘We pray you . . . by ye reconciled to God.’;
To ask earnestly for; to seek to obtain by supplication; to entreat for.
‘I know not how to pray your patience.’;
To effect or accomplish by praying; as, to pray a soul out of purgatory.
address God; say a prayer
call upon in supplication; entreat;
‘I beg you to stop!’;