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1. (particle) exactly, precisely - an intensifier which follows the word it modifies.

Ahakoa kāore i matatau rawa ia ki te kōrero Māori ā-kīwaha, i tua atu i te reo ā-tuhi, i kaha tonu a Pat ki te whakaū i te reo ā-waha, me ngā tikanga Māori anō hoki (TTR 2000:81). / Although she was not very fluent in colloquial Māori, Pat placed strong emphasis on the spoken as well as the written language and on cultural practices.
(Te Kōhure Textbook (Ed. 2): 181;)


2. (particle) precise, very, exact - when following a noun.

Ko te kāinga tēnei (W 1971:300). / This is the exact home.


3. (particle) completely, absolutely, very.

He hoa taupiri, he hoa pono a Toka nōku (HJ 2015:96). / Toka is an intimate and very close friend of mine.


Synonyms: ehara ehara, anō, moruka, te mutunga (kē) mai (nei) o te ..., mārika, tahi, mōrukaruka, mārire, pohapoha, puru, piropiro, hāwerewere, rukaruka, mārie


4. (verb) (-hia) to originate.


5. (noun) origin, source, cause, root, base, foundation, letter (alphabet), centre, core, hub.

Ko Hawaiki ko te o ngā mea katoa (W 1971:300). / Hawaiki is the origin of everything.


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