tāpa‘opa‘o

tāpa‘opa‘o, (-a, -‘ia), fq. tāpa‘o.

1. Put a special distinguishing mark on, reserve something.

Kua tāpa‘opa‘o ‘aere ‘aia ki te rākau pātia i te au merēni tei ‘ua mua.
He marked the melons that fruited first with pegs;

Kua oti iāku i te tāpa‘opa‘o i tō tātou no‘o‘anga nō te teata.
I’ve booked our seats for the cinema;

Kua tāpa‘opa‘oa tēia au ‘apinga tunu kai, tērā te toe i kō.
All these cooking utensils are reserved, the rest are over there.

2. Decoration (medal).

Ko te aronga tāpa‘opa‘o mama‘ata tei tuku‘ia ki mua roa.
Those with the highest decorations were put right in front.

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