1. Shrink, contract, shrivel, cringe, cower.
Kua emi te pona i tōku pu‘a‘anga
the shirt shrank when I washed it;
‘E kāka‘u emi tēia mē pu‘ā‘ia,
this material shrinks when it’s washed;
Nō te anu, nō reira te pākiri i tōna rima i emi ei,
because of the cold, the skin on his hands had wrinkled up;
Kua emi mai te kōpapa o tēnā tamaiti nō te roa i tōna maki‘anga,
the child’s body is emaciated because he has been ill so long;
Kua kite au i te ‘ā‘ā i te ‘emi‘anga ki roto i te va‘arua,
I saw the eel squirming back into the hole;
Kua emi ‘aia ki muri i tōku moto‘anga iāia,
he shrank back when I punched him;
Kua kite au ē kua mataku ‘aia i tōna emi‘anga ki muri,
I realised that he was afraid when he cowered back.
2. Have qualms, shrink from, be deterred, put off.
Nāringa kāre koe, kāre rāi ‘aia e emi i te tuatua kino mai kia mātou,
if you hadn’t been there, he wouldn’t have shrunk from using foul language to us;
E emi ngō‘ie ‘ua ana ‘aia i te tuatua ‘aka‘apa,
he is easily deterred by criticism.
(see emiemi, tāemi).