• v. "[A]llow or permit: sanction." (Weiser).

  • v. (With 'to be') set free.

  • v. (With 'to be') nullify (often with 'neder').

Example Sentences

  • "Since the bochrim needed to pack for Bein HaZmanim, the mashgiach matired keeping the lights on past midnight." (Weiser)

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  • "After the Holocaust, this posek was able to be matir many agunos."

  • "A neder is baggage that we take with us – once said or accepted we cannot get rid of it unless we fulfill it or are matir it." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • מַתִּיר (pres. masc. sg. of לְהַתִּיר l'hatir 'to untie; to release; to permit')

    • Who Uses This

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


      • North America


      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

      Alternative Spellings

      to be matir


  • As an antonym to "ahser" (prohibit), which is, uncharacteristically of Yeshivish verbs derived from Hebrew, conjugated in the manner of weak English verbs, "matir" is often so conjugated, though it may be conjugated paraphrastically, using "be" as its auxiliary verb.

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