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whai kupu

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.

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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.

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