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pātai

1. (verb) (-a,-hia,-ngia,-ria,-tia) to ask, question, enquire, cross-examine, provoke, challenge.

Ko te take i pātai ai au he āhua tāruturutu, kōtiutiu nō te haere a te waka nei (HP 1991:315). / The reason why I asked was because the vehicle was going somewhat jerkily and was swerving about.

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2. (noun) query, question, enquiry.

Ka tū a Te Aotaki ki te mihi ki te iwi. Ka mutu, kātahi anō ia ka whaikōrero ki a Tū-whakairi-ora, me te pātai ki te pūtake o tōna haramai ko ia anake (JPS 1911:19). / Te Aotaki stood up to greet the tribe. When that ended, he next made a speech to Tū-whakairi-ora, with the question as to the reason that he had come alone.

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rārangi pātai

1. (noun) questionnaire, list of questions.

Tuhia he rārangi pātai hei uiui i ngā mātanga reo. / Write a list of questions to ask the language experts.

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tohu pātai

1. (noun) question mark.

wāhi pātai

1. (noun) information desk.

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