1. Just, merely, only, simply, without any real or special quality, reason, cause or point.
‘E tangata ‘ua nei, mei iā koe rāi te roa.
He is just an ordinary fellow, the same height as you are;
‘e pona teatea ‘ua,
just a plain white dress;
‘E ‘oro‘enua pō‘itirere ‘ua tēia.
This horse gets startled easily (for no reason);
‘E kite ‘ua ana au iāia.
I often see him about (run into him casually, etc.);
‘apinga tupu ‘ua,
something which just grows;
barely warm, only lukewarm;
Kua ‘aere ‘ua mai ‘aia.
He just turned up here (e.g. uninvited, with no particular object in view, or without bringing a present, etc.).
2. Emphasising absence or lack.
Kāre ‘ua ‘e puaka, kua ora.
There is no pig here, it has escaped;
Kāre ‘ua au i kite.
I don’t know anything at all about it.
3. Emphasising singleness, translate as ‘only, alone’.
Ko ia ‘ua tē ka ‘aere mai.
He is the only one who will be coming;
Ko koe ‘ua tāku tamaiti.
You are my only child;
Tei iāia ‘ua te tika.
It is entirely up to him;
Nō reira ‘ua au i ‘aere mai ei.
That’s all I came for;
Kua ma‘ani kōkota mātou i te ara kia ō ‘ua te tangata i te ‘aere.
We made the path narrow so people could only just squeeze through.
4. Quite (a mild intensive).
Kā rava ‘ua tēia.
This will be quite sufficient, this will do.
‘E mea ‘ua nāna.
It was just something he said.