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tohu

1. (verb) (-a,-ina,-ngia,-tia) to instruct, advise, save the life of, spare, guide, direct, instruct, appoint.

E tino maumahara ana au ki taua pō e inoi ana tō mātau koroua ki Te Atua kia tohungia mātau (HP 1991:14). / I well remember that night when our grandfather was praying to God that we be spared.

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Synonyms: tohutohu


2. (verb) (-a,-ina,-ngia,-tia) to point out, show, indicate, point at, gesticulate.

E tohu ana ia i mua o ngā matua rā, me te mea tonu ka whatiwhati te taiaha i roto i ngā ringa (JPS 1911:22). / He was gesticulating before the army divisions as if the taiaha would break in his hands.

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Synonyms: whakakite, tiata, whakaariari, whakaaturanga, whakaari, tītohu, hura, mataraharaha, tuhi, tohutohu, whakaatu, tūtohi, whakahahaki, whakaatuatu, arataki, tūtohu


3. (verb) (-a,-ina,-ngia,-tia) to preserve, conserve.

I te tukunga o te patu i te tau 1865, ka kī taurangi a Kerei me Te Mākarini, ka tohua ngā whenua o Ngāti Porou ki a rātau anō (TTR 1990:40). / When weapons were laid down in 1865 Grey and McLean promised that Ngāti Porou land would be preserved for the tribe's own use.

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Synonyms: rokiroki, whakapounamu, tohutohu, rarawe, rongoā, whakauka, whakatote


4. (verb) (-a) to perform a ritual.

Tohua ana a Hēnare ki te tikanga pure o te karaka whati, he tikanga whakatakataka i te toa mō te pakanga (TTR 2000:70). / Hēnare underwent the ritual of karaka whati, a practice preparing a warrior for battle.

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5. (noun) sign, mark, symbol, emblem, token, qualification, cue, symptom, proof, directions, company, landmark, distinguishing feature, signature.

Kua tae mai ō tohu aroha ki a au, arā ngā aikiha me te neketai i tukuna mai nei e koe (TKO 15/1/1916:5). / Your tokens of affection have arrived, that is the handkerchiefs and tie which you sent.

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Synonyms: tūtohi, tohutohu, haina, hāponotanga, whakatūturu, whakatūturutanga, tuhinga ingoa, hainatanga, mokotā, waituhi, mātānawe, matohu, nawe, kōiraira, māka, waitohu, whaitohu, tūtohu


6. (noun) advice, suggestion, guidance.

He tohu kūare tēnei, he hua nō te whakaaro horihori (TP 1/5/1901:1). / This is uninformed advice, a result of incorrect opinion.

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