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pai

1. (verb) (-ngia) to like, approve, consent, appeal.

Koinei anake te whakangungu kaiako i pai ki a au (HM 4/2008:3). / This was the only teacher training that I liked.

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See also paingia

Synonyms: ōrite, ānō, pīrangi, rata, rite, tairite, ānō nei, enanga, kei, matareka, riterite, manako, me


2. (verb) to be good, efficient, simple, easy, excellent, suitable, agreeable, pleasant, handsome, good-looking.

He maha hoki ngā whare kua kitea e au he whare nunui, he pai a waho ki te titiro atu, ko roto ia he pai ke atu ngā wharepuni (TP 12/1906:3). / And there are many houses that I have seen that are large with nice exteriors to look at, but inside the sleeping houses are even better.

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See also ka pai

Synonyms: waingōhia, māmā, kakato, rawe, rekareka, hāneanea, ngohengohe, manini, āhuareka, ātaahua, hūmārie, reka, āhumehume, pārekareka, hūmārire, harakoa, ngāwari, rēhia, hūmārika, matareka, purotu


3. (modifier) well, safe and sound - to indicate that something happens without any problems or mishaps.

He wahine i akona paitia, ā, he reorua anō hoki (TTR 1994:25). / She was a woman who was well-educated and bilingual.
E kī nei a Ngāti Raukawa kāhore rātou i panaia mai e Waikato me ētahi atu iwi i Maungatautari, i haere pai mai rātou (TWMNT 24/12/1872:158). / Ngāti Raukawa say that they were not driven out by Waikato and other tribes from Maungatautari, they came away on their own free will.

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4. (noun) excellence, suitability, good looks, advantage, quality, standard, good.

He iwi hūmārire te Māori, he makoha, he aroha ki te pai (TTT 1/8/1930:2118). / The Māori are amiable people, placid and love that which is good.

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Synonyms: kounga, rawe

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