Definition of daven in English:

daven

verb

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  • (in Judaism) recite the prescribed liturgical prayers.

    ‘he used to daven for a full half hour’
    • ‘Thank you for adding much depth to the morning davening of Shacharit and the relationship a Jew has to The Master of the Universe.’
    • ‘Throughout the Torah, Moshe davens to Hashem, and this week's Parsha provides one of the most celebrated examples of this.’
    • ‘He planted this tree and, in its shade, served his guests and davened.’
    • ‘He prepared gifts for Esav, he prepared for war, and he davened.’
    • ‘His wife, Marie, recently told me that as a youngster he would walk for miles on Shabbat to daven in the Orthodox shul in Norfolk, known as the Cumberland Street Shul.’
    • ‘I attended day school as a youngster and always felt the ‘need ‘to thank HaShem on a daily basis, thus I used to daven daily at the tender age of seven.’’
    • ‘Whenever I daven in shule (which is 3 times a day, unless I do mincha and maariv together), I make sure I put at least a quarter in some puska.’
    • ‘I get real comfort from the davening - a feeling like whatever happens at least I have God pulling for me.’
    • ‘The energy emanating from all the praying Jews, davening at a wild pace, was overwhelming.’
    • ‘They teased me mercilessly; but I grew to be the tallest and when I was not davening evening services after arriving by the train from school, I was practicing boxing or wrestling with the local gents.’
    • ‘My friend and I were the only women and we davened in the freezing courtyard, peering inside the chamber to see some men rocking back and forth in prayer.’
    • ‘I turned to Hashem, I cried and davened, cried and said tehillim.’
    • ‘When my zayde and father davened there was no thought of being moved, or motivated.’
    • ‘Even if we do not have a personal need to daven to Hashem we should nevertheless daven because there are other people that may still need Hashem's help.’
    • ‘Rabbi Eliezer davened Tachanun with full Kavana.’
    • ‘It comforts me to know that every time I go to synagogue to pray on Shabbat, my Zadie is right there, davening beside me.’
    • ‘Without a word being said, we gravitate to the middle of the square - some 300 soldiers who instinctively feel the need to daven together.’
    • ‘As we daven in a circle, we pause at the moment of Barchu when, traditionally, an amalgam of individual daveners becomes annealed into a community.’
    • ‘Although no one understands the text one is performing, one davens anyway, repeating, transforming, re-creating… all the way into trance.’
    • ‘After all, what is the point in davening for something, when your most heartfelt wish gets rejected by Him.’
    repeat from memory, say aloud, read aloud, declaim, quote, speak, deliver, render
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Origin

Yiddish.

Pronunciation

daven

/ˈdɑːv(ə)n/