tā‘aka‘aka

tā‘aka‘aka, (-‘ia).

1. Make something low(er), to humiliate.

Kua tā‘aka‘aka‘ia te no‘o-‘anga o te pātikara kia taea e au te taka‘i-‘anga.
The bicycle seat was lowered so I could reach the pedals.

2. Bow down before (ki mua i) sbdy, abase oneself, show respect and deference.

Kua tā‘aka-‘aka ‘aia ki mua i te aroaro o te ariki.
He bowed down before the king;

Kua ‘aere tā‘aka‘aka ‘aia ki mua i te mata‘iapo.
He came humbly and respectfully before the chief;

‘E tamaiti tā‘aka‘aka ‘aia ki mua i tōna metua.
He treats his father with deference.

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