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warawara

1. (verb) (-hia,-ngia,-tia) to desire, crave, hanker after, long for, yearn for, have a dependency (on).


2. (verb) to be addicted, craving, ravenous, dying for, famished.

E oho ana i te awatea kei te warawara te hiakai (W 1971:479). / On waking in the daytime one is ravenous.

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3. (verb) to be uncertain.

Tukua ana e 500 eka i Pākōwhai hei whenua rāhui ki te kuia o Te Hata, ki a Mere Karaka me ētahi atu. Engari nō te whakarerekētanga i ngā ture whenua Māori i muri mai, ka warawara noa te mana whenua o te iwi o Te Hata (TTR 1998:214). / 500 acres at Pākōwhai had been granted as a reserve to Te Hata's grandmother, Mere Karaka, and others, but because Māori land legislation had been changed subsequently, the land rights of Te Hata’s people were uncertain.

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4. (noun) craving, thirst, addiction.

Nā tana warawara mō te wheako, ka tino aronui a ia ki tana mahi (Ng 1993:482). / Because of her thirst for experience, she threw herself into her work.

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