tāmarū

tāmarū, (-‘ia, -a). Soften, slacken, reduce (pitch, intensity, speed, volume), calm, pacify, pulverise, mash or chew up.

E tāmata koe i te tāmarū i te varaoa pakapaka ki roto i te kapu ū vera.
Try and soften the biscuits up in a cup of hot milk;

E tāmarū kōtou i tō kōtou reo mē ‘ī mene kōtou.
Keep your voices soft and low when you sing;

E tāmarū mai kōtou i tēta‘i mānga i te taura.
Slacken the rope off a little;

Kua takoto te puakatoro ki raro kua tāmarū i tāna kai.
The cow lay down and chewed her cud.

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