‘opu1

‘opu1, (-a, -‘ia, -kia, -kina, -a).

1. Seize, catch, grab hold of.

Kua ‘opu te ‘akavā iāia ē kua titiri ki roto i te ‘are ‘āuri.
The police caught him and threw him in jail;

Kua ‘opukia te ‘ānana keiā.
The thieves were apprehended;

Kāre te ‘oro‘enua taetaevao e rauka i te ‘opu.
There is no catching a wild horse;

‘E puakaoa ‘opu kiore toka tā‘au.
Your dog is a good ratter;

Kua ‘oro viviki ‘aia ma te pōro ē kua ‘opu au iāia.
He sprinted with the ball and I tackled him;

Kāre i mou ana te pōro i tōku ‘opu‘anga.
The ball didn’t stay in my hands when I (tried to) catch it;

Tē ‘opu umeume maī ra te tamariki i runga i te akau.
The children on the reef were groping for little unicorn-fish.

2. Grasp (meaning), comprehend, catch (sound of).

Kāre tōna manako i ‘opu mai i te ‘āite‘anga o te ui‘anga.
He didn’t see the purport of the question;

Kua

opu au i tā rāua tuatua ē kua ‘akakite ki te ‘akavā.
I heard what they said and informed the police. (See ‘opu‘opu1.) [Pn. *sopu1.]

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