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1. (verb) (-tia) to long for, desire, dream of, hanker after, set one's heart on, wish for, yearn for, pine.

Ka mea anō te tohunga, “Ka tae koe ki tō whare, takoto i roto i tō whare, kaua hei ohia tō ngākau, kei te haramai ia, e kore e roa." (JPS 1926:327). / The expert then said, “When you arrive at your house, lie down inside, and do not pine, for she is coming and will not be long."


Synonyms: tameme, wawata, warawara, wara, konau, muri aroha, ingo, kōnohi, āwhitu, murimuri aroha, ingoingo, hōkaka


2. (verb) (-tia) to approve, accede to, consent to, endorse, give the go-ahead.


3. (verb) to think (on the spur of the moment).

Ohia noa iho au ki te patu (W 1971:238). / I struck him on the spur of the moment (W 1971:238).


4. (modifier) on impulse, impulsively, on the spur of the moment (of thoughts).

He whakaaro ohia noa ake nāku (W 1971:238). / An idea I had on the spur of the moment.


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