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whai

1. (verb) (whāia) to follow, chase, pursue, look for, search for, court, woo, aim at.

Taihoa ake nei ērā kōrero whāia atu ai (HM 4/2009:1). / Later those comments will be expanded on.

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Synonyms: pōrangi, rapu, hāhau, takitaki, rangahau, kimi, rei, tauaru, whaiwhai, aruaru, aru, ārohi, whakarapu, rapa, rapurapu, raparapa, haha, kimikimi


2. (verb) to perform karakia.

E Ngātoro, haere mai ki runga ki tōku waka ki te whai ake i te kawa o te waka nei (NM 1928:60). / Ngātoro, come onto my canoe to perform the kawa ceremony on this vessel.

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Synonyms: tahu, tahutahu


3. (noun) pursuit.

Kāti, e tātou mā, kia ora anō tātou katoa i roto i tā tātou whai, i tā tātou whakamomori kia mau, kia ora tonu tō tātou reo haere ake nei, haere ake nei (HM 1997:8). / Well, everybody, greetings to everybody involved in our pursuit and our desperate desire to retain and save our language for the future.

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Synonyms: whaiwhai, aruaru, aru, whāinga, umanga


4. (noun) curative spell - spell to cure wounds, injuries and infections.

Ka titiro mākutu a Mohi ki a te Kāwana i konei, karakiatia ana e ia te whai mō te pokenga i te toto (MM.TKM 3-4/1855:4). / Mohi then stared at the Governor, reciting the curative spell for infected blood.

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