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mōteatea Play

1. (verb) to grieve.

E rua ngā rā i mōteatea ai te koroua nei, a Māhu; i te toru o ngā rā kua rite katoa tōna whakaaro mō te haere (JPS 1899:122). / This old man, Māhu, greived for two day, and on the third day all his arrangements had been made for the trip.

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2. (verb) to be fearful, apprehensive, anxious.

Ka tatau atu te tangata nei i ngā ingoa, ā poto katoa, ka mōteatea te tangata nei (NM 1928:173). / This man recited the names and when they had all been listed he was apprehensive.

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3. (noun) lament, traditional chant, sung poetry - a general term for songs sung in traditional mode.

Kei reira anō ngā kōrero mō ngā mōteatea, me ētehi kōrero mōna ake (TTR 1990:277). / The discussions about the laments and other accounts about himself are also there.

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4. (noun) grief, sadness, sorrow, depression.

I runga i te haeretanga o Kāwana Ihiringitana he nui te mōteatea o te ngākau Māori (TPH 12/11/1912:5). / Great is the sorrow of Māori with regard to the departure of Governor Islington.

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