1. (verb) to be sideways on to the rising sun.
Pēwhea te takoto o taua māra, he kaokao, he matanui rānei? (W 1971:95). / Does the garden lie sideways to the rising sun or does it face east?
2. (noun) side of the body, flank.
Ko tōna aroha nui hoki ki a koe i rangona, i kitea i a koe i tīpapa mai rā i te kaokao o tō tipuna whare i tō papa o Tū-te-ao (Kāretu 2010:12). / His great love for you was felt and witnessed while you were lying in your ancestral house at your marae of Tū-te-ao.
3. (noun) side (of a mountain, etc.).
He pō te wā i tanuku iho ai te kaokao o te maunga nei, ka kekē te rākau, te kōhatu (M 2004:254). / It was during the night that the side of this mountain collapsed, shattering trees and rocks.
4. (noun) chevron - a pattern that was on mats used when high-born children were conceived.
E kīia ana, whakaatu mai ai te kaokao i te ngoi o te toa. / It is said that the kaokao pattern illustrates the strength of a warrior.