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māwhe Play

1. (verb) to lessen.


2. (verb) to fade (in colour).

Kua māwhe noa iho ngā pepa o ngā taha o te whare (TWK 17:6). / The wall paper of the house had just faded.

See also horotea


3. (verb) to fade away, decline, deteriorate (of health, etc.).

Ahakoa kua māwhe atu taku tinana i roto i ēnei tau e waru, kāore anō kia mawehe atu te whakaaro i a koutou, i aku iwi Māori (TTT 1/8/1924:90). / Although my body has been deteriorating in these last eight years, my thoughts for you, my Māori tribes, haven't left me.


4. (verb) to subside, abate.

Kua māwhe te riri (W 1971:198). / The battle has abated.


Synonyms: tau, mārie, pāngū


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