1. Tie, lash, tether, bind.
Kua tāpeka ‘akatere ‘aia i te taura.
He tied a slipknot in the rope;
Kua tāpeka ‘aia i te kiato o te vaka.
He lashed on the outrigger boom;
Kua tāpeka ‘aia i te ‘oro‘enua ki te rākau.
He tethered the horse to a tree. ‘Are tāpeka‘anga, jail.
2. Promise in marriage, betroth.
Kua tāpeka‘ia ‘aia ‘ei va‘ine nāku.
She was betrothed to me.
3. Fold arms, cross legs.
Kua tāpeka ‘aia i tōna rima ma te ‘akarongo.
He folded his arms and listened;
Tāpekā‘ia tō vaevae me no‘o.
4. A knot.
‘Ea‘a te ingoa o tēnā tāpeka?
What is the name of that knot?
5. A hold or grip.
Kua tā‘ī ‘ī ‘aia ki taua tāpekā ra ē topa ‘ua atu ‘aia ki runga i te ta‘ua.
He was caught in that hold and fell on the mat.