tātā1, (-‘ia, -ia).
1. Write, carve or engrave something, write to sbdy.
Kua oti tā‘au au tuatua kātoatoa i te tātā‘ia, e tāina koe i tō‘ou ingoa ki raro, ‘inē.
All that you have said has been taken down. Sign your name below, please;
Ko tei tātāiā ra, kua tātā‘ia ia.
What is written, is written;
Kua tātā au iāia kia ‘aere mai.
I wrote to him to come;
‘E tangata tātā mānea ‘aia.
He writes nicely (a good hand);
Kua rave ‘aia i te mātipi ē kua tātā i tōna ingoa ki runga i te patu.
He got a knife and carved his name on the wall.
Kāre e nāna tēnā tātā.
That’s not his writing;
‘E pēni te tātā, kāre i te ‘inika.
It was written in pencil, not ink. Pēni tātā, pencil. Puka tātā, writing pad. Rima tātā, handwriting.
Kāre e nōna tēnā rima tātā.
That’s not his handwriting. Tātā tuatua, one who takes down what is said, stenographer, secretary.
Kua ‘iki‘ia ‘aia ‘ei tātā tuatua i taua ‘uipā‘angā ra.
He was elected secretary at that meeting.