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matakite

1. (verb) (-a) to see into the future, prophesy, prophesies, foresee, foretell.

I whakakotahitia te tangata me tāna i matakite ai, ka whai wāhi rawa ia ki roto ki ngā tikanga me ngā mātauranga o te iwi (TTR 1994:135). / The man and the vision were united, and he became part of the traditions and knowledge of the people.

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2. (modifier) prophetic, visionary, predictive, prophetical.

He uri hikahika matua mai i a Te Kēmara, te tohunga matakite, tangata ruānuku nei o Ngā Puhi (TTR 2000:70). / A direct descendant of Te Kēmara, the seer and wise old man of Ngā Puhi.

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3. (noun) prophecy, prophet, seer, clairvoyant, special intuition.

Kāore rawa hoki tētahi tohu kotahi nei i kitea e ngā matakite Māori, Pākehā rānei, kua tata te mutu o te pakanga (TKO 30/4/1919:7). / And not a single sign was revealed by the Māori or Pākehā forecasters that the war was about end.

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