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 for To pray in aid
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pray \Pray\, v. t.
     1. To address earnest request to; to supplicate; to entreat;
        to implore; to beseech.
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              And as this earl was preyed, so did he. --Chaucer.
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              We pray you . . . by ye reconciled to God. --2 Cor.
                                                    v. 20.
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     2. To ask earnestly for; to seek to obtain by supplication;
        to entreat for.
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              I know not how to pray your patience. --Shak.
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     3. To effect or accomplish by praying; as, to pray a soul out
        of purgatory. --Milman.
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     To pray in aid. (Law)
        (a) To call in as a helper one who has an interest in the
            cause. --Bacon.
        (b) A phrase often used to signify claiming the benefit of
            an argument. See under Aid. --Mozley & W.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Aid \Aid\, n. [F. aide, OF. a["i]de, a["i]e, fr. the verb. See
     Aid, v. t.]
     1. Help; succor; assistance; relief.
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              An unconstitutional mode of obtaining aid. --Hallam.
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     2. The person or thing that promotes or helps in something
        done; a helper; an assistant.
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              It is not good that man should be alone; let us make
              unto him an aid like unto himself.    --Tobit viii.
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     3. (Eng. Hist.) A subsidy granted to the king by Parliament;
        also, an exchequer loan.
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     4. (Feudal Law) A pecuniary tribute paid by a vassal to his
        lord on special occasions. --Blackstone.
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     5. An aid-de-camp, so called by abbreviation; as, a general's
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     Aid prayer (Law), a proceeding by which a defendant
        beseeches and claims assistance from some one who has a
        further or more permanent interest in the matter in suit.
     To pray in aid, to beseech and claim such assistance.
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