davven, daaven, dahven
- pray; lead services
- "I need to daven before leaving for class."
- "Who's davening musaf tomorrow?"
- "Who's going to daven for the amud?"
Languages of Origin
דאַװ(ע)נען dav(e)nen, 'to pray' (used only in Jewish contexts; verbal stem is דאַװן davn)
Who Uses This
Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
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