1. Start (with surprise), startled, surprised.
Kua pō‘itirere te ‘oro‘enua i te ‘aruru‘anga te māngūngū.
The horse started when the thunder pealed;
‘Auraka koe e ‘akaataata mai i te rākau, ‘e ‘oro-‘enua pō‘itirere ‘ua tēia.
Don’t brandish the stick in this direction, this horse is easily startled;
Kua pō‘itirere au i tōku kite atu‘anga i te ‘akavā i te tāpae‘anga mai ki tōku kāinga.
I was surprised to see the policeman turning in to my home;
Kāre au e ‘ēkōkō ka pō‘itirere ‘aia mē kite ia tāua.
I don’t doubt that he‘ll be surprised to see us.
2. Sudden(ly), abrupt(ly), startling, surprising.
Kua kāpiki pō‘itirere‘ia te ‘uipā‘anga.
A meeting was called suddenly;
Kua reru pō‘itirere ‘aia i te pā ē kua tomo ki roto i te ‘are.
Abruptly he knocked on the door and entered the house;
‘E ‘akakite‘anga pō‘itirere.
It was a surprise announcement;
‘E mea pō‘itirere tei tupu kiāku i nana‘i.
I had a surprise yesterday.
3. n. Exclamation mark (=‘akairo pō‘itirere).
‘E pō‘itirere tā‘au ‘akairo e tuku ki te ‘openga o tēnā putunga tuatua.
You need to put an exclamation mark at the end of that sentence.
[pō-2, -‘iti5, rere.]