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toa Play

1. (verb) to be victorious, win.

Ka toa au i ngā whakataetae e rua - ko te hopuhopu, ko te mamau o te wāhanga tamariki (HP 1991:27). / I won two competitions - catching and wrestling for the juniors.

2. (adjective) be brave, bold, victorious, experienced, accomplished, adept, competent, skilful, capable.

He toa kē ake au i a rātau ki te hī ika (HP 1991:16). / I was more skilful than them at line fishing.

3. (noun) courage, bravery, champion, winner, expert.

He tino toa mō te hoe poti (HP 1991:24). / A real expert at rowing boats.

See also tiamupiana

4. (noun) warrior, brave man.

Nā reira ka āta whakatahi te iwi me i kore te hoariri e whai atu ki te ururua o te ngahere i tua atu o te pā, kia haupapatia ai e Heke me ana toa (TTR 1990:7). / And so the people deliberately withdrew in the hope that the enemy might follow into the undergrowth of the bush on the other side of the pā, so that they could be ambushed by Heke and his warriors.

5. (noun) male (of animals, birds, insects and plants).

He manu te kōmako; ka tangi ana i te awatea, ka tangi tētahi i konei, ka tangi tētahi i korā; nā, i te pō ka tangi ko tētahi anake, ka kīia ko tērā te toa (JPS 1956:201). / The bellbird is a bird which, when it sings in the daytime one will sing here another from somewhere else; and, when one sings alone in the night, that is said to be the male bird.

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