1. (-a, -‘ia). Turn round or over, spin (coin), shift (e.g. blame).
Kua ‘uri mai ‘aia kiāku ē kua kata mai.
She turned round to me and smiled;
‘Uria te ngā‘i pateka o te rākau ki runga.
Turn the plank smooth side up;
E ‘uri mai i tō‘ou aro kiāku.
Turn round and face me;
Kua ‘uri tua mai ‘aia kiāku.
He turned his back on me;
Tē ‘uri pa‘ī ra māua i ua ai.
We were turning the taro patch when it came on to rain;
Kia pou te pi‘a i te ‘uri ki runga i te torōka, ka ‘akaea ai tāua.
We‘ll rest when all the crates have been loaded onto the truck;
Kua ‘uri ‘aia i te moni kia kitea ē nā‘ai e ‘akamata i te pā.
He tossed up to see who batted first;
Kiritia tō pona, kua ‘uri ā va‘o ki roto.
Take your shirt off, it is inside out;
Kua ‘uri ā mua ki muri.
It is back to front;
Kua ‘uri ‘aia i te tārevakē kiāku.
He shifted the blame on to me. ‘Uri ā paka, do in a slapdash manner, scamp work.
‘Auraka e ‘uri ā paka ‘ua i tā kōtou ‘anga‘anga.
Don’t be slapdash about your work;
‘E tangata ‘uri ā paka tika ai koe i te ‘anga‘anga.
You always scamp your work.
2. Interpret, translate.
Nā tō mātou ‘orometua mua i ‘uri i te puka tapu ki tō mātou reo.
Our first missionary translated the bible into our language;
Nāku i ‘uri i tāna tuatua ki te ‘uipā‘anga.
I interpreted what he said to the meeting.
3. Compose (music).
Nāna i ‘uri i teia ‘īmene.
He composed this hymn.
4. Side with, favour.
Kua ‘uri ‘aia kiā Kore i tō māua taumārō‘anga.
He took Kore’s side in the argument.
5. A trump card.
Kua pā te ‘uri.
Trumps are led;
Kua tā ‘aia i taku ‘ai ki te ‘uri.
He trumped my ace. ‘Uri reo, interpreter, translator.
Tē terēni ‘uri-reō ra ‘aia.
He is training to be an interpreter.