‘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;
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.]