kimi, (-a, -‘ia).
1. Search for, seek out, look for, hunt.
Kua kimi rāua i te tamaiti ngaro.
They searched for the missing child;
Nō te kimi puaka mai mātou.
We’ve been looking for a pig;
Ka ‘aere ‘a Tua kā kimi va‘ine nā tāna tamaiti.
Tua will be going to look for a wife for his son;
Tē kimi‘iā ra koe e te ‘akavā.
The police were looking for you. Tangata kimi puaka, a pig hunter. Kimi (i te) rāvenga, look for a way (method, plan, excuse).
Kua kimi rātou i te rāvenga e tā iāia.
They sought a way to kill him;
Nō tōna ‘inangaro-kore i te ‘aere, nō reira ‘aia i kimi rāvenga ai.
He didn’t want to go, so he thought up an excuse.
2. Investigate, inquire into something, seek an answer, work something out. Kimi (i te) manako, ponder, think over.
Kua tuku taime ‘aia nō māua kia kimi i tō māua manako.
He gave us time to think it over;
Kua kimi au i tōku manako ē ka ‘akapē‘ea au i te tuatua‘anga ki te tangata.
I’ve been turning over in my mind how I shall address the people;
Tē kimi nei ‘aia i te nūmero.
He’s working out the figure, doing the sum.
3. n. Probationary church member.
‘E kimi ‘a Tā.
Tā is a church probationer;
Kua ‘akaō‘ia te pupu kimi.
The probationers have been admitted. (See kimi‘anga, kimikimi.) [Pn. *kumi.]