1. Lack, be short of, go without.
Ka tauturu au iā koe mē ngere koe i te moni.
I‘ll help you out when you are short of money;
Ko Iehova toku tiaki, kare rava au e ngere
(Ps.23.1). The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want;
Kua ngere au i te tu‘a‘anga te moni i tā mātou tōmāti.
I missed out when the money from our tomatoes was distributed;
I tōku ngere-‘anga i te tuka, kua ‘aere au kua pati kiā Maru kia tauturu mai.
When I ran out of sugar, I went and asked Maru to help out;
Kua ngere katoa mātou i te kāratīni.
We are out of kerosene, too;
Kua ngere tōku pātikara i te pēnitīni.
My bike is out of petrol;
Kua ngere ‘aia i te ‘anga‘anga.
He is out of (or short of) work;
Kāre ‘ē ‘apinga ngere i te ngutu‘are o tērā tangata.
There is no shortage of anything in that man’s home.
2. n. Neediness, poverty.
Kua keiā ‘aia i te ‘apinga a te tangata nō tōna ngere.
His poverty led him to steal things from people. (See tāngere.) [Ce. *„ere.]