1. (verb) (-a,-ngia,-tia) to praise, pay tribute to, congratulate, eulogise, greet, thank, commend, acclaim, compliment, acknowledge.
He wā anō whakamahia ai tēnei hei whakamihi i tētahi āhuatanga (HHK 1999:15). / At other times this is used to commend a particular quality.
2. (modifier) praising, congratulatory, lauding, acclaiming, thanking, acknowledging, greeting.
He kōrero whakamihi tēnei i te whakaaro e whakatakotoria ana e te tangata, ahakoa iti, ahakoa pēhea rānei (HKK 1999:31). / This is a saying that praises the idea that is being put forward by someone, no matter how small or of what its nature is.
3. (noun) tribute, congratulations, greeting.
Ko te kupu tuatahi o te rīpoata he whakamihi ki te kaha o Rēweti T. Kōhere ki te whakahaere i te pepa, me i kore ana ia kua mate noa atu (TP 9/1907:4). / The first statement of the report is a tribute to Rēweti T. Kōhere for his energy in managing the newspaper. If it were not for him it would have ceased long ago.