- to nullify one's desires for the good of others
- "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
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)
Always used as a periphrastic verb (with the verb "to be"). Often used in discussions of parenting / children.
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