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Sunday, March 24, 2013

daven

\DAH-vuhn\ , verb;
1.
to pray.
Quotes:
There, day or night, everyone — the men, the women, even the children — could daven nonstop.
-- Erica Lann-Clark, "The Goats Know the Way," The Healing Heart, 2003
Every morning he wakes early to daven outside, facing Jerusalem. When I watch him from the window, I regret having taught him to sound out the Hebrew letters when he was only five.
-- Nicole Krauss, The History of Love
Origin:
Daven entered English in the mid-nineteenth century from Yiddish.
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