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umanga

1. (verb) (-tia) to be accustomed, habituated.

E kore e mau, he kiore ka umangatia, ka pā i te whana o te tawhiti (M 2006:164). / A rat accustomed to the trap will not be caught, it will spring it closed. ( A whakataukī implying that experienced people are not easily tricked.)

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Synonyms: taunga, waia, mōhio


2. (noun) pursuit, occupation, business, custom, career, profession, agency.

Nāna i whakaako te momo whakaakoranga ki ana ākonga mā reira nei rātou e āhei atu ai ki ngā umanga ngaio, me te tū hei kaiārahi mō te iwi Māori (TTR 1996:137). / He taught his pupils the type of course that would equip them for professional careers and as leaders for the Māori people.
Ko tētahi tikanga o tēnei kupu, he mahi; kei te whakataukī rā, 'Ko te umanga nui a neherā he whawhai.' (M 2006:164). / Other meanings of this word are pursuit, occupation, business and custom, as expressed in the proverbial saying, 'The important pursuit in ancient times was warfare.'

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