1. (-a, -‘ia). Desire intensely, be determined on sthg, strive hard towards some goal.
Mē kua umuumu koe kia rauka te kite, e ‘ākono meitaki i te ‘āpi‘i.
If you really want to win knowledge, concentrate on your schoolwork;
Kua umuumua taua tangatā ra kia mou, ‘inārā kāre rava ‘e rāvenga.
The man was urgently wanted, but there was no way of catching him;
‘E tamaiti umuumu tika ai ‘aia i te tāmou i tāna ‘āpi‘i.
He always tries hard to learn his lessons.
2. Earnest desire, determination.
Nō tōna umuumu kia rauka te rē, kua kimi rāvenga ‘aia, ē te ‘openga, kua manuia.
Because he was determined to win he tried all ways and eventually succeeded.
nuinui, noinoi, nounou, v.t. Desire intensely, covet(ing), greedy.
Kare rava akenei au i noinoi i te ario a te tangata katoa nei.
I have never yet coveted any man’s silver (Acts 20.33);
Kua noinoi ‘aia kia ‘ōronga‘ia mai tāna ika kia ma‘ata.
He desperately wanted to be given a large share of fish;
Kua nuinui te tamaiti i te au ‘enua o tōna metua kia riro iāia.
The son was very keen that his father’s land should come to him;
Nō tōna nuinui i taku pereue, nō reira ‘aia i keiāi.
He took a fancy to my coat, so he stole it;
Ko te kai nuinui‘ia tēia e te tangata.
This is the dish people go for;
I tōna nuinui‘anga kia rauka ia rātou te rē, kua tuku ‘aia i tōna māro‘iro‘i ‘openga.
He was so keen for them to win that he put all he had into the game. [-nui2, -noi, -nou RR.]