tāpiri, (-a, -‘ia, ia).
1. Bring something near to or beside, press something close to, apply a compress.
Ka rauka iā koe i te tāpiri mai i te ‘oro‘enua ki te pae i tēia tumu rākau kia kake atu au?
Could you manage to bring the horse up beside this tree stump so that I can get on?;
E tāpiri mai koe i te pi‘a ki te pae i te kaingākai.
Bring the box over close to the table;
I te ta‘e‘anga te toto i tōna putāngi‘u, kua tāpiri ‘aia i te kāka‘u anu ki runga i tōna rae.
When his nose started bleeding, he pressed a cold compress to his forehead. Kāka‘u tāpiri maki, lint.
2. Stick, seal, fasten or join something, patch (hole), put together, assemble (machinery).
Kua tāpiri ‘aia i te tuatua ‘akakite ki runga i te rākau ‘akakite‘anga tuatua.
He put (pinned or pasted) the notice up on the board;
Nāku i tāpiri i te tī kiro.
I sealed down the envelope;
Kua tāpiri ‘aia i te pēpa ki te kurū.
He stuck the paper with the glue;
Kua tāpiri ‘aia i te ‘āuri ‘ati ki te ‘apinga tāpiri ‘āuri.
He soldered the broken pieces of iron together;
Kua tāpiri ‘aia i te puta o te puāngiangi pōro.
He patched over the hole in the football bladder. Tāpou tāpiri ‘āuri, solder.
3. Approach close to.
‘Auraka e tāpiri ki te pāruru o te ‘are, kā kī tō pona i te pēni.
Don’t get (too) close to the wall of the house, you‘ll get paint all over your shirt.
4. Close down.
Kua tāpiri‘ia tāna kimi‘anga.
His business was closed down.