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nui

1. (verb) to be large, big, many, plentiful, numerous, great, abundant, ample, superior, of high rank, important.

He nui hoki ngā taika kei te ngahere tata atu ki taua kāinga (TTT 1/6/1923:3). / There are also many tigers in the bush near that village.

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


2. (noun) size, quantity, vastness, greatness, importance, amount, abundance, plenty, rank.

I ngā awa o Tongariro me Waitahanui tonu, inā kē te nui o te moni e utua ana ki ngā hapū me ngā tāngata nō rātau ngā whenua, me ka whakawhiti nei te hunga mahi taraute i aua whenua rā (TTR 1998:197). / Especially the Tongariro and Waitahanui rivers, substantial income was paid to the hapū and the people who owned the land if the people fishing for trout crossed those lands.

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

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