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maha

1. (stative) be many, numerous, abundant - usually takes the prefix toko- when referring to  people.

He maha aku pikinga pēnei ki runga i te rore nei, kāore he raruraru (HP 1991:22). / I had climbed onto this lorry in this way many times without any problem.

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See also tokomaha

Synonyms: ngāhorohoro, mahamaha, makuru, ngahoro, ngerongero, hua, humi, hāwere, rarawe, rari, pukahu, nui, hira, ranea, huhua


2. (noun) abundance, number, majority.

I a ia e hāramuramu noa ana te kōrero, he kīwaha, hangareka kē nei tana momo kōrero, auau tonu tana whakatoi i a ia tonu, inā kē nei te pai o āna kōrero ki te maha o te tangata (TTR 2000:47). / When he was speaking informally he used colloquial language and humour, often directed at himself, which appealed to many people.

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Synonyms: kaipukahu, harahara, maruru, ngahue, makuru, nui, makurutanga, mahi, hira, huhua, huhuatanga, humi, pukahu, rahinga, ranea, tōnuitanga

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