1. Disappear, be removed, gone, taken away.
Kua riro taku kiri moni.
My purse has gone;
Kua riro tōku pātikara iā Tua.
Tua’s taken my bicycle;
I te riro‘anga o te moni, kua mataku ‘aia ko te tāpepe‘ia kiāia.
When the money disappeared he was afraid it would be blamed on him;
Kua tautā rātou kia riro mai te pēpe ki va‘o mei roto i te ‘are kā.
They fought to get the baby out of the burning house;
Kua riro tōna manako ki te tamā‘ine.
He was gone on the girl;
Riro atura tona ngakau ki to Asura.
She doted upon the Assyrians (Ez. 23.12).
2. Pass into the possession of, be obtained, got, acquired, taken.
Kua riro iāia te ‘enua, kāreka te tūrangā-‘are kua riro iā Pita.
The land went to him, but Pita got the house and garden;
Kua riro iāia te rē.
He won the prize;
Ka tautā ‘ua atu rāi māua ē riro ‘ua mai.
We‘ll simply keep on struggling until we get it;
Kua riro i te ‘enemi tō mātou ‘enua.
The enemy has taken our land.
3. To come about, happen. Kua riro ē, it happened that. Kua riro ē nāna i pa‘u mai i tāku ui‘anga.
It happened that he was the one to answer my question;
Kā riro ē nāna e ‘akama‘ara atu kiā Tua.
It may be that he‘ll remind Tua about it
; Kā riro ē ko tō mātou pōmani tē reira.
It may be that he‘ll be our foreman. Riro ‘ei, to become, to serve as, to be used as.
Kua riro ‘aia ‘ei ‘oa meitaki nōku.
He’s become a good friend of mine;
Kā riro tāna ‘anga‘anga kino i rave ‘ei ‘akamā nō tōna metua.
His misdeeds will be a source of shame to his father;
Kā riro tāku i tuatua kiāia ‘ei ‘akamāro‘iro‘i.
What I’ve said to him will encourage him;
Kua riro mai taua one pue‘ū ra ‘ei tangata.
That dust became a living man;
Kā riro teia tūtū ‘ei ‘akama-‘ara‘anga nāku iā koe.
This photograph will serve as a reminder of you;
‘Auraka e tāmou i tēnā riri ki roto i tō ngākau, ko te riro ā‘ea ‘ei maki nō‘ou.
Don’t keep your anger about it bottled up inside you, for it may always be there to upset you.