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tau Play

1. (verb) (-ria) to land, alight, come to rest, settle on, count, settle, perch, ride at anchor, resolve.

Ka tau mai ki ngā kura reo, e pau ana te hau, ka hoki atu e hikohiko katoa ana te ngākau (HM 4/2008:3). / I arrived at the language learning gathering worn out and when I returned home I was enthusiastic.


2. (verb) to settle down, subside, abate.

Ka tau te riri, ka hohou te rongo (TTR 1990:57). / Hostilities subsided and peace was made.


Synonyms: mārie, māwhe, pāngū


3. (modifier) neat, comely, smart, attractive, handsome, becoming, suitable, beautiful, cute, befitting.

Māku e tapa he ingoa tau mōhou (TTT 1/4/1930:2035). / I will bestow a befitting name for you.
(Te Kōhure Textbook (Ed. 2): 196;)


Synonyms: purotu, waiwaiā, koea, ātaahua, hūmārie, hūmārire, ātanga, pīwari, turua


4. (noun) attractiveness, beauty, grace, elegance.

He rite te whiunga i te poi me te rite o te wbiu o te waewae, me te tungoutanga o te māhunga, me te tau hoki o te tinana ki te titiro atu (TPH 16/4/1900:5). / The swinging of the poi and feet were in unison, together with the bowing of the head and how graceful the bodies were.


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