mavete

mavete, v.i. Split apart, divide.

I te mavete‘anga o te rangi, kua kite atu ‘aia i te ‘āngera a te Atua.
When the heavens opened up, he saw the angel of God;

Kua mavete te tangata i roto i te ‘ōire ‘ē rua pupu.
The people in the village split into two factions;

Ko te ‘iti-tangata e mavete iāia, kā ‘inga.
A nation divided against itself shall fall.
[Pn. *ma-wete.]

vā‘i

vā‘i, (-a, -‘ia).

1. Split (tr.) apart, divide, open (door, discussion, meeting), break in or open, cut (cards), part (hair), operate.

E vā‘i i tēia rākau i rotopū.
Split this timber down the middle;

Ka vā‘i au i tēia pi‘a.
I‘m going to break open this box;

Kua vā‘i au i te ‘anga‘anga ‘ē toru tu‘anga.
I’ve divided up the work into three lots;

Vā‘ia te pā kia tomo mai ‘aia.
Open the door and let him in;

E tū koe ki runga ē vā‘i i te tuatua.
You get up and open the discussion;

Kua vā‘i aia i te pere.
He cut the cards;

E vā‘i koe i tō‘ou rauru mē peru koe.
Put a parting in your hair when you comb it;

Kāre e meitaki tēia maki kia vao‘o pērā ‘ua,ka vā‘i roa. It is no good leaving the disease to go on like that, there will have to be an operation.

2. Break (tr.), shatter.

Kua vā‘i ‘aia i te mō‘ina ki runga i te toka.
He smashed the bottle against the stone.

3. vā‘i (pere). Read cards, tell fortunes.

Kā kite koe i te vā‘i pere?
Can you tell fortunes from cards?

‘Ōmai i te pere kia vā‘i au iā koe.
Pass the cards and I‘ll tell your fortune.
[Pn. *fasi.]