1. Make a sound, utter a cry, call (as bird), squeak, creak (as hinge); ring (as bell), play (as radio or musical instrument).
‘E upoa tērā e tangi ‘aerē ra.
Kua tangi takere te ove.
The bell has gone already;
Kua ara rātou i te tangi‘anga te pū ‘akaara.
They woke up when the bugle sounded reveille.
2. n. Sound, tone, noise.
Nā te tangi o te ora i ‘akaara iāku.
The clock’s alarm (or chiming) woke me up;
‘E kī tā tangi ‘aruru tēnā.
That guitar has a deep tone.
3. Mourn, sympathise, pity.
Kua tangi ‘aia i tāna tamaiti i mate.
She mourned for her child who had died;
Kua tangi au iāia.
I felt sorry for him.
4. Provoking sympathy, piteous.
‘E tangata tangi nāku mē kite au.
I always feel sorry when I see him;
‘e mea tangi tika ai,
a very sad business.
5. n. Sympathy.
Kua auē ‘aia nō tōna tangi iāku.
She wept out of sorrow for me.