daven

verb
da·ven | \ˈdä-vən, ˈdȯ-\
variants: or less commonly

Definition of daven 

intransitive verb

: to recite the prescribed prayers in a Jewish liturgy

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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, "Katz Yeshiva High moving to new facility in west Boca," 2 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of daven

circa 1930, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for daven

Yiddish davnen

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