pray vt: to ask for
plaintiff pray s judgment against the defendants for actual damages
— used esp. in pleadings
vi: to make a request of a court esp. in a complaint or petition
complainant pray s for declaratory relief
pray ing that the judgment be vacated

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I verb address a request, adjure, appeal to, apply to, ask earnestly, beseech, bid, call upon, clamor for, cry for help, entreat, entreat persistently, impetrate, implore, importune, make a request, make earnest petition for, make supplication, obtest, orare, petition, plead, precari, prefer a petition, prefer a request, press, put up petitions, raise up one's voice, requisition, rogare, solicit, supplicate, urge, urge persistently, urge repeatedly associated concepts: pray for relief in a complaint II index apply (request), importune, request

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

To formally request judicial judgment, relief, or damages at the end of a pleading.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

   to formally request judicial judgment, relief and/or damages at the end of a complaint or petition.
   See also: prayer

Law dictionary. . 2013.