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1. (verb) (-ngia) to breathe, taste.

E meinga ana e ngā tākuta kia noho tonu ngā tūroro i waho ai i te hau pai o te tuawhenua (TP 1/6/1901:14). / The doctors are making the patients sit outside to breath the fresh air of the interior.

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2. (noun) breath, essence, taste, breathing.

Nā konei i meinga ai ngā tāngata āhua kaha kia pikipiki tonu, kia tere ai, kia kaha ai tō rātau (TP 15/7/1901:1). / Consequently, the people who are somewhat stronger are encouraged to climb up and down so that their breathing is faster and stronger.

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3. (noun) sound, tone of voice, tenor (of a speech).

Kia whakarongo tonu mai koutou ki te o taku kupu atu ki a koutou (W 1971:29). / You should all listen to the tenor of what I say to you.

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4. (noun) tone, timbre (music).

Ko te te āhua, te wairua rānei o te reo o tētahi taonga puoro, o tētahi kaiwaiata rānei (RTP 2015:53). / The tone is the character or the feel of the sound of a musical instrument or a singer (RTP 2015:53).

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5. (noun) intonation.

Ko te te āhua o te tangi mai o te reo o te tangata, arā, ko te piki me te heke o te reo i te roanga atu o te rerenga kōrero, ko te hātahi rānei; ko te wairua anō hoki o te kōrero, pēnā he maioro, he wainene rānei (RMR 2017). / Intonation is the nature of the sound of a person’s voice, such as the rise and fall in pitch, or monotone over the duration of a sentence, and also the feeling in the voice, such as whether it is discordant or mellifluous (RMR 2017).

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1. (interjection) indeed! what! oh! hey! - an exclamation to express disapproval or surprise. The vowel may be long or short, but lengthening the vowel softens the exclamation.

(Te Pihinga Textbook (Ed. 2): 107; Te Pihinga Audio Tapes/CDs (Ed. 2): exercise 40;)

He kai Hainamana tā tātou i te pō nei. Ha! He tāmure i roto i te pouaka makariri. / We are having Chinese food tonight. What! There's snapper in the fridge.

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ha

1. (interjection) hey! oh! what! - an expression of surprise.

Ha! Kei hea kē aku kī? I konei i te ata nei. / Oh! Where are my keys? They were here this morning.

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hā whakaora

1. (noun) rescue breathing.

nē hā

1. is that so? won't you? won't we? isn't it? isn't she? isn't he? - interrogative emphasising a question, request or proposal. Sometimes written as one word with short vowels, i.e. neha.

(Te Kākano Textbook (Ed. 2): 75;)

He wahine ātaahua a Rāhera, nē hā? / Rachael is a beautiful woman, isn't she?

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hēpene

1. (loan) (noun) halfpenny, ha'penny - a former bronze coin worth half a penny.

Kua riro mai i a tātou, ngā tino kūare, kē ake i a rātou, te hokonga o ngā whenua, ki te rua pene me te hēpene, i runga anō i tō tātou mōhiotanga (TW 12/2/1875:4). / We are more foolish than them in selling our land at two pence and half pence, although we had more knowledge.

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