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

Definition of daven

intransitive verb

: to recite the prescribed prayers in a Jewish liturgy

Examples of daven in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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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“Daven.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daven. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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