1. (verb) (-a,-tia) to lie horizontal, lay across, accuse, blame, allege, assert, hypothesise, complain.
Kāhore kau ia i whakapae mahi kino, kāhore hoki ia i waiho noa i te hunga i raro i tōna maru (TTR 1990:327). / He was never accused of evil deeds, nor did he abandon the people under his protection.
2. (verb) (-a) to besiege.
Ka whakapaea taua pā nei e te taua i te pō, i te ao, ā kīhai i taea (NM 1928:154). / The pā was beseiged by the war party night and day, but it was not taken.
3. (verb) (-a,-tia) drive ashore, force to shore.
Ko ēnei kaipuke, taua rua, nā te kaha o te hau i whakapae ki uta ki runga ki ngā toka i te taha hauāuru o te ngutuawa o Pōneke, ā, ngakungaku noa ana (TWMNT 10/3/1874:67). / Both these ships were driven by the force of the wind onto the rocks on the western side of Wellington Heads and broken to pieces.
4. (modifier) accusing, critical, alleging.
Ka noho ko tēnei moenga hei take whakapae a ētahi e mea ana he whakamoe kē te mahi a Rātana i te iwi Māori ki te iwi Hapanihi, ā, i te mutunga mai kei te iwi Hapanihi kē te oranga mō te Māori (TTR 2000:87). / This union led to accusations of some saying that Rātana had ‘married’ the Māori people to the Japanese nation, and that the Japanese would be the salvation for the Māori.
5. (noun) assertion, accusation, allegation, blame, complaint, charge, hypothesis, thesis, conjecture, speculation.
Ka puta ngā whakapae nā Te Kēkerengū i hīanga tētahi o ngā wāhine a Te Rangihaeata (TTR 1990:150). / Accusations were made that Te Kēkerengū seduced one of Te Rangihaeata's wives.