‘ītae, (-a, -‘ia, -na). Reach for, stretch for, try to attain.
Kua ‘ītae ‘aia kia taea te takere o te moana, inārā nō te ‘ō‘onu kua pou tōna a‘o.
He tried to reach the sea-floor, but it was so deep that he ran out of breath;
Tēia te rākau ‘ei ‘ītae i tērā vī para i runga i tērā ‘ātava.
Here is a stick to reach the ripe mango on that branch there;
Kua ‘ītae au i tōna rima.
I reached out for his hand;
‘Aere mai ‘ītaea te puka, ‘e teitei roa iāku.
Come and reach the book, it’s too high for me;
Kua tāmata rātou i te ‘ītae i tā mātou kai i te rua o te pā‘anga.
They tried to reach our score in the second innings;
Kua topa ‘aia ki raro i te vai i tōna ‘ītae‘anga i te ‘akari.
He fell into the water stretching for the coconut.