1. v.i. Bare (of vegetation), cleared, denuded.
Kua marae ‘ua ā runga i te maunga i te kā‘anga i te a‘i.
It was all bare on the mountain after the fire;
‘E ngā‘i marae ‘ua tēia.
This place is quite clear;
I te marae‘anga o te ‘enua i te vai, kua tanu ‘aka‘ou te tangata ki te kai.
When the land was denuded by the floods, people replanted it with food crops.
2. n. A square or roughly rectangular area, bordered with stones, containing a platform or terraces, used for ceremonial and (formerly) religious purposes.
Kua ‘akauruuru te ‘ui tupuna i tō rātou ariki ki runga i te marae ma te tautopa kiā Rongo kia ‘akamanuia mai iāia.
Former generations ceremonially raised aloft their king on the marae and called upon Rongo to bless him;
Ko te ngā‘i tēia i a‘u ei ‘a Tangi‘ia i tōna marae.
This is the place where Tangi‘ia built his marae.