daven (DAH-ven) listen
daven (DAH-ven) listen


  • v. To pray.

  • v. To lead prayer services.

Example Sentences

  • "I need to daven before leaving for class."

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  • "Who's davening musaf tomorrow?"

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  • "Who's going to daven for the amud?"

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • 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


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • 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).

      Alternative Spellings

      davven, daaven, dahven

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