to be mevater


to be mevater (mi-VAH-tehr) listen


  • v. To nullify one's own 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." (source)

  • "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)


      • North America
      • South Africa


      • None

      Alternative Spellings

      m'vater, to be mevater


  • Often used in discussions of parenting.

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