Learner's definition of PRAYER
1 a : words spoken to God especially in order to give thanks or to ask for something
— often + for b : a fixed set of words that are spoken to God
Father said a prayer, and then we began to eat.
She told the children to say their prayers before they went to sleep.
We've been praying for her safe return, and now our prayers have been answered. = We've been praying for her safe return, and now God has answered our prayers. [=she has returned safely]
2 [noncount] : the act of speaking to God: the act of praying 3 [count] : a strong hope or wish 4 prayers [plural] : a meeting at which people pray together 5 [singular], informal : a slight chance of doing or getting something— usually used in negative statements