kite, (-a, -‘ia).
1. See, observe; sight, vision.
Tē kite nei au iā koe.
I can see you;
Kua kite au iā koe i nana‘i.
I saw you yesterday;
Kua kite ‘a Nānā i tōku tuatua‘anga kiā Kā.
Nānā saw me talking to Kā;
Kua kite‘ia koe i te ‘aere‘anga ki roto i te ‘are toa.
You were seen entering the shop;
I kite poto ‘ua atu au iā koe.
I caught a brief glimpse of you;
Te rauka nei te kite i te matapō.
The blind receive their sight (Matt. 11.5).
Kua uiui mā‘ē te ‘akavānui i te kite.
The magistrate questioned the witness;
‘E kite āinei tō‘ou?
Have you got a witness? Kite mata, see with one’s own eyes, witness.
E ‘aere mai kōtou kia kite mata i ngā peu mataora.
Come and see the acts (entertainment, concert items) for yourself;
Kua kite mata au iāia i te ‘oro‘anga.
I witnessed him escaping.
3. Find, discover; discovery.
Nāku i kite te pōro i nakōnei i te pōpongi.
I found the ball earlier this morning;
‘E pōro kite tāku nō ta‘atai.
I’ve got a ball that was found on the beach;
Kua kitea ‘aia e te ‘akavā ki roto i te ‘are.
The police found him inside the house;
Ei ea ra te pakari e kitea atu ei?
But where shall wisdom be found? (Job 28.12);
te kitea‘anga‘ia o Marike,
the discovery of America;
Te au kite ‘ōu,
4. Know, understand, feel; knowledgeable, clever, skilful; knowledge, skill.
Kā kite au i te kimi i teia nūmero.
I know how to do this sum;
‘Ea‘a te ora? Kāre au i kite.
What’s the time? I don’t know;
Kāre ‘aia e kite i te kau.
He can’t (doesn’t know how to) swim;
Kāre te pēpe i kite ake i te ‘aere.
The baby can’t walk yet;
Kua kite au i tōku māro‘iro‘i i tōku kai‘anga i te vairākau a te ta‘unga.
I felt my strength returning when I took the herbalist’s medicine;
Kua kite au i te anu i tōku ‘oki‘anga mai mei te tautai.
I felt the cold on my way back from fishing;
Kua kite ‘aia i te ‘enua i te taka‘anga i tōna topa‘anga ki raro.
He had a sense of the earth spinning round as he fell down. Kite atu (i), care about.
Ko ‘ai tei kite atu?
Kāre au i kite atu i tā‘au tuatua.
What you say doesn’t bother me. Kite atu (ii), foresee.
Kua kite atu au ē kā tupu te ngere i te pū ‘āpi‘i.
I foresee a shortage of teachers;
‘E kite ake au iā koe i te pāpōro rākau.
I‘m better than you at cricket;
Kua rekareka te metua ki tā rāua tamaiti kite.
The parents were pleased with their clever child;
Nō te kite iāia i te kapekape, kāre atū ra ‘aia i mou ia rātou.
Because of his skill at dodging, they could never get hold of him;
tēta‘i tangata kite pakari,
a very learned man;
nō te mea kua rauka iāia te kite noa,
because he had a good knowledge of lay matters;
I kite atu te ‘ānana keiā i te ‘akavā.
The thieves outwitted (were cleverer than) the police;
‘E va‘ine kite kore ‘a Mou i te ‘āuri kāka‘u.
That woman Mou doesn’t know how to iron clothes;
5. Know sexually (cf. moe). E paretenia,
kare oki i kiteia e te tangata,
a virgin, neither had any man known her (Gen. 24.16). (See kikite.) [Pn. *kite.]