• v. To be required, necessary.

  • v. To hinder.

  • n. A prerequisite.

  • n. A hindrance, obstacle.

Example Sentences

  • “It's meakev to have permission before you leave the yeshiva's property." (Weiser)

  • “The way the guy next to me was parked was meakev from getting my car out.” (Weiser)

  • “Being a native-born citizen is a meakev to becoming president.” (Weiser)

  • “Right now, the only meakev to finishing the building is raising the money.” (Weiser)

  • "According to the sefer Hilchot Eretz Yisrael, saying the beracha on shechita is meakev." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • Y מעכּבֿ זײַן meakev zayn

    • 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 me'akev, meakev, me'akev

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