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whakaauau Play

1. (verb) (-tia) to modulate, affect change.

He korokoro tūī ki te whakaauau i tōna reo (RTP 2015:122). / A sweet singer able to modulate her voice (RTP 2015:122).


2. (verb) (-tia) to use repeatedly, frequently repeated.

Taea noatia ana te whakaauau āna tauira waiwai, paku noa nei te whakarerekē, tē hua ai te whakaaro e whakatōpūtia ana te mahi (TTR 1996:274). / His basic designs could be used repeatedly with slight variations to avoid the idea that they were being mass produced.


3. (noun) modulation, cadence.

Ko te whakaauau te whakapiki, te whakaheke rānei i te hā, te tangi, te wairua rānei o tētahi puoro, o te reo tangata rānei (RTP 2015:122). / Modulation is the lifting or lowering of the tone, the pitch or mood of a piece of music, or voice (RTP 2015:122).


Synonyms: manawataki, ia


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