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ātanga Play

1. (verb) (-tia) to adorn, embellish, enhance.

He mea ātanga te paina ki te rama kimokimo me te whetū taukapokapo (PK 2008:38). / The pine tree was adorned with flashing lights and twinkling stars.


2. (modifier) beautiful, attractive, handsome, stunning, good-looking, gorgeous, appealing, exquisite, comely, fair, fine.

Kua tae mai hoki a Ihowa o nga mano ki tana kāhui, ki te whare o Hura, kua mea i a rātou hei hōiho ātanga mōna i te tatauranga (PT Hakaraia 10:3). / For the Lord of hosts hath visited his flock the house of Judah, and hath made them as his goodly horse in the battle.


Synonyms: purotu, tau, waiwaiā, koea, ātaahua, hūmārie, hūmārire, pīwari, turua


3. (noun) beauty, loveliness, splendour, prettiness.

Ko Tākitimu te whare pai ngā waihanga, engari nō taku kitenga i a Porourangi heoi anō kua ngaro ōku mahara ki a Takitimu, kua riro katoa kua whaiāipo ki a Porourangi; i te tamatāne o te āhua, o te tū o te whare; i te rite, i te ātanga, o ngā whakairo, o ngā pou, o ngā pakitara, o te tungaroa, me te whatitoka, me te roro, me te matapihi, me ngā arapaki, kaore he rite i i kitea e ahau i te motu katoa nei, hāunga hoki ngā tuhituhi o ngā heke me te tāhū. (TP 1/7/1902:6). / Tākitimu was built beautifully, but when I saw Porourangi my thoughts about Tākitimu were forgotten and I fell in love with Porourangi; the youthful masculinity of the house's appearance and structure; the architecture and beauty of the carvings, posts, walls, the back wall and the door, verandah, window and the ornamental lattice-work, and not to mention the paintings of the rafters and the ridgepole.


Synonyms: purotu, rerehua, waiwaiā, ātaahua, hūmārie, tau, hūmārire


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