1. Spin around, roll over and over, revolve, rotate, run (of engine or machine), unscrew, come loose (nut or screw).
Kua taka ‘ua ngā uira i muri o te torōka nō te vari.
It was so muddy the truck’s rear wheels just spun round and round;
Kua kite ‘aia i te ‘enua i te taka‘anga i tōna topa‘anga ki raro.
He felt the earth spinning round as he fell;
Kua taka ‘aia ki raro i te tāiva.
He went rolling down the gorge;
‘E toka taka mai tēnā mei runga i te maunga.
That boulder must have rolled down here off the mount;
Tē taka nei te matī ni.
The engine is running, the machine is working;
Tē taka ‘ua nei teia nāti, tāmoua.
This nut is loose, tighten it up;
Kāre e taka te tāpoki o te mō‘ina.
The bottle top won’t unscrew.
2. Circle round in shoals prior to leaving the lagoon (of maito).
Kāre i taka ake te maito. The maito
haven’t left the lagoon yet.
3. n. Rotation, running (of engine).
Kāre e meitaki roa ana te taka i te matī ni o te torōka.
The truck’s engine isn’t running very well.
4. (takā‘ia). Prepare native tobacco by drying and rolling leaves and wrapping them in pandanus leaves, tied at both ends.
Tē takā ra rāua i te ‘ava‘ava.
They‘re preparing tobacco;
Kua takā‘ia tō ‘ava‘ava?
Have you rolled your tobacco leaves yet?;
‘E kiri‘au taka ‘ava‘ava tēnā. That kiri‘au
is for binding rolls of tobacco.
5. n. A roll of tobacco.
‘ī ‘ia taka i rauka i tā‘au ‘ava‘ava?
How many rolls did you get from your tobacco?;
Kua ‘oko taka ‘ava‘ava ‘aia.
He bought a roll of tobacco.