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whai kupu Play

1. (verb) to make a speech, make a statement.

E kore au e whai kupu atu ki a koe mō tētahi o ō kupu i pā mai ki taku tinana ko te take he āhua kino, ka hahani, ka amuamu te ritenga o tērā kupu (TPH 15/1/1900:1). / I will not make a response to you about one of your statements about myself because the implication of that assertion is somewhat rude, disparaging and begrudging.

See also whaikupu, whaikōrero, whaikī


2. (noun) formal speech.

I te mutunga o tēnei whai kupu āna ka tukua ōna turi ki raro, ka inoi tahi ia me rātou katoa (PT Nga Mahi a nga Apotoro 20:36). / And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all.

See also whaikupu, whaikōrero, whaikī


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