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mekayim

Alternative Spellings

mekayem, makayem

Definitions

  • to fulfill, perform, carry out, realize (e.g., a great mitzvah, prophecy, goal)

Example Sentences

  • "A group of chasidishe rabbonim is planning to charter a plane out of Newark Airport an fly at a higher altitude in case of cloudy weather to be sure of being makayem this great mitzvah." (http://www.vosizneias.com/27582/2009/02/18/new-york-jews-around-the-globe-gear-up-for-once-in-28-years-birkas-hachama/)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish

Etymology

Heb מקיים mekayem 'fulfill, perform, realize' (infinitive לקיים lekayem), Yiddish מקיים זײַן mekáyem zayn (a periphrastic verb with invariant Hebrew element)

Who Uses This

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

Dictionaries

None

Notes

often used in a periphrastic verb phrase: "to be mekayem (something)"

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