Definitions

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  • intransitive v. To recite Jewish liturgical prayers.
  • intransitive v. To sway or rock lightly.

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  • v. to recite the Jewish liturgy; to pray

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Yiddish davnen.

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Yiddish דאַוונען (davnen).

Examples

  • We stand in an open plaza and watch bearded Orthodox men in black hats daven, shuffling in place, lost in prayer.

    The Memory Palace

  • I had to wear a gown and mask before going in each room but I did whatever they wanted me to, to learn with them, to daven with them ...

    Women Who Dared - Hanna Weinberg on IMPACT ON WORLD

  • These aren't quaint farmers 'markets like you might find in the San Francisco Bay Area where yuppies daven over their heirloom potatoes.

    What exactly is a "tianguis" and where can I find one?

  • In synagogue with her maternal grandfather, Wolf Taklefsky, who was her babysitter and first mentor, Bella used her beautiful voice and keen memory to delight the elders with the brilliance of her prayers, and with her ability to read Hebrew and daven [pray].

    Bella Abzug.

  • As I understand it, the convertee (new word?) is expected to learn enough Hebrew so they can daven and are expected to learn Kashrus and the Halacha of Shabbos and the Festivals, Laws of Family Purity etc.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • "This is a serious crime that affects not only the direct victims but indeed entire families, and has both short and long - term psychological and physical daven harsher on it," said the MEC.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • "A style, a mannerism picked up from those who taught him to daven, and that must have been fairly recently judging from his halting Hebrew."

    Wednesday the Rabbi Got Wet

  • She explained she came to daven for her 16 year old son, who was on the streets, addicted to drugs, and bereft of Torah values.

    Vos Iz Neias - (Yiddish:What's News?)

  • You just have to be stubborn and consistent in your search for revealing the real truth of your reality and daven with all your heart.

    Mystical Paths

  • To this Reb Noson of Breslev adds that the person didn't daven at all or not enough.

    Mystical Paths

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  • A friend called this very odd combination of definitions to my attention:

    daven - n, a person with a huge cock

    However, the example given, " Dude, that's such a huge Daven! ", applies the term not to the whole person but to the appendage itself.

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Daven

    If you read the prayers aloud

    You've blessings of which to be proud.

    A ritual maven

    Encouraged to daven

    Is bound to be found well-endowed.

    November 12, 2016