mevater

Alternative Spellings

m'vater

Definitions

  • to nullify one's desires for the good of others

Example Sentences

  • "She has learned to be m’vater, so if her guests want to play house she will agree to be the baby some of the time." (http://www.s372878766.onlinehome.us/members/PDF/set8tdl56.pdf)
  • "Suri, you should try to be mevater and let Rivki use your toys for a few minutes."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish

Etymology

Heb מוותר mevatér 'concede, renounce' (infinitive לוותר levatér), Yiddish מװתּר זײַן meváter zayn 'to give up, renounce; forfeit' (a periphrastic verb with invariant Hebrew element)

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

None

Notes

Always used as a periphrastic verb (with the verb "to be"). Often used in discussions of parenting / children.

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