da·​ven ˈdä-vən How to pronounce daven (audio)
variants or less commonly doven
davened also dovened; davening also dovening; davens also dovens

intransitive verb

: to recite the prescribed prayers in a Jewish liturgy

Examples of daven in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The initial mission was personal for me too, to daven in Warsaw, as my great Uncle Pinchas was the Cantor in The Great Synagogue (Tlomackie Street) for 30 years, before he was slaughtered by the Nazis. Cantor Glenn Sherman, Sun Sentinel, 15 Nov. 2022 The Beit Midrash — A large, dedicated space for the entire school to gather to hear speakers, as well as to daven during holidays and other special occasions. • Randall P. Lieberman, Jewish Journal, 2 Aug. 2017

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Word History


Yiddish davnen

First Known Use

circa 1930, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of daven was circa 1930

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“Daven.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daven. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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