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From prex ‎(request, petition, prayer), from Proto-Indo-European *preḱ- ‎(to ask, woo). Cognate with Sanskrit पृच्छति ‎(pṛcchati, ask), Gothic 𐍆𐍂𐌰𐌹𐌷𐌽𐌰𐌽 ‎(fraihnan, to ask), Old English freġnan, friġnan ‎(to ask, inquire, learn). More at frain.



precor ‎(present infinitive precārī, perfect active precātus sum); first conjugation, deponent

  1. I beseech, beg, pray, entreat
  2. I wish well or ill (to someone); I greet with a wish


   Conjugation of precor (first conjugation, deponent)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present precor precāris, precāre precātur precāmur precāminī precantur
imperfect precābar precābāris, precābāre precābātur precābāmur precābāminī precābantur
future precābor precāberis, precābere precābitur precābimur precābiminī precābuntur
perfect precātus + present active indicative of sum
pluperfect precātus + imperfect active indicative of sum
future perfect precātus + future active indicative of sum
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present precer precēris, precēre precētur precēmur precēminī precentur
imperfect precārer precārēris, precārēre precārētur precārēmur precārēminī precārentur
perfect precātus + present active subjunctive of sum
pluperfect precātus + imperfect active subjunctive of sum
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present precāre precāminī
future precātor precātor precantor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives precārī precātus esse precātūrus esse precātum īrī
participles precāns precātus precātūrus precandus
verbal nouns gerund supine
nominative genitive dative/ablative accusative accusative ablative
precārī precandī precandō precandum precātum precātū

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  • precor” in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879.
  • precor” in Félix Gaffiot (1934), Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.
  • Meissner, Carl; Auden, Henry William (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to pray to God: precari aliquid a deo
    • to pray to God: precari deum, deos
    • to bless (curse) a person: precari alicui bene (male) or omnia bona (mala), salutem