1. Wide, broad; width.
tea ē te ‘ō‘onu,
a wide and deep river;
tea i te mataara kia ō ‘ē rua pere‘ō i te taime ‘okota‘i.
Make the road wider so it will take two wagons at a time;
tea roa tēnātua. That end is too wide; Kua
tea mai te ana.
The cave widened out;
tea i tēnārākau?
What is the width of that plank?
2. Clear, open, unobstructed; an open space.
Ka ‘aere tāua i teianei, koia i ātea ai te mataara.
Let’s go now while the road is clear;
tea ‘ua, kāre ‘e ‘apinga i runga. It’s just bare open country, there is nothing growing on it; Kātano teia ātea ‘ei ngā‘i tārekareka.
This open space would make a good sports ground. I (ki) te ngā‘i ātea, out in the open, unconcealed.
‘E poitini tei roto i tēnāmō‘ina, ‘auraka e vao‘o ki te ngā‘i
There is poison in that bottle, don’t leave it out in the open.
3. At a distance, well clear; intervening distance or space.
tea ‘aia nō tōna mataku.
He stood well clear because he was scared.
4. Disperse, clear away (of mist, clouds, trouble).
tea te ko‘u.
The mist has cleared;
tea tōku manamanatāi teianei. My worries are over now; Kua rekareka ‘aia i te
tea‘anga tōna manamanatā.
He was pleased that his difficulties had cleared up.
(see āteatea, kātea, mātea, tāātea(tea).)