1. (-a, ‘ia). Prop up, support (including support of ideas, opinions).
‘Apaina mai tēnā ngā toka ‘ei pange i te pi‘a.
Bring over those two stones to stand the box on;
E pange koe i tōna katu ki te pūtē urunga.
Support his head with the pillow;
Kua pange ‘aia i tōna tangā ki te rima.
He rested his chin on his hands;
Kua pangea te uira o te pere‘ō ki te pi‘a ē kua kiriti‘ia ki va‘o kia ma‘ani‘ia.
The wheel of the cart was supported on a box and removed for repairs;
TĒ pange nei au i tō‘ou manako.
I‘m supporting your ideas;
Kua pangea tōna ‘akakoro‘anga meitaki e te tangata.
People backed his excellent scheme;
E pange mai kōtou i tā tātou ‘īmene.
Come and help out with the singing (supplement the choir).
2. n. Various supports: pedestal, strut, brace, wall plate, anvil, bridge (of violin etc.).
Te pange o te kītā,
the bridge of the guitar;
te pange o te tiki,
the pedestal of the statue;
Te tupakipaki ki runga i te pange ra,
the hammerer on the anvil (Is. 41.7). Pange tua, a back support, a backer or supporter. Pange vaevae, foot support, footstool, place where feet should be placed. Pange no‘o‘anga, stringers on a canoe.
3. n. Association, fellowship, circle, gang.
Ka ‘aere tātou ka ‘akatupu pange tīvaevae nā tātou.
Let’s form ourselves into a sewing circle making patchwork;
Kua mou te pange kava i te ‘akavā.
The drinking gang were caught by the police.