tātao‘i, (-a, -‘ia), fq. tao‘i.
1. Carry, bring, take, convey.
Tātao‘ia te au pē ma te mātipi mingi ki te ‘are.
Take the spades and sickles to the house. Tātao‘i tuatua, to carry tales or messages.
‘E tangata tātao‘i tuatua tika ai ‘aia ki te ‘akavā.
He is always running to the police with information;
E tāmata i te tātao‘i i tō reo ki runga mē ka taea.
See if you can manage to get your voice right up on to the high notes.
2. Come in irregular gasps (of breath), surge over one in waves or spasms (emotion, pain).
Kua tātao‘i ‘ua tōna ‘akaea i te tupu pō‘itirere‘anga tōna maki.
His breath came and went in gasps as the fit suddenly seized him;
Kua tātao‘i ‘ua tōna riri, kāre rā ‘aia i moto.
A wave of anger surged over him but he didn’t hit out;
Kua tātao‘i ‘ua tōna mataku.
A wave of fear swept over him;
Kua mataku rātou i te tātao‘i‘anga ‘aia i tōna ‘akaea.
They were alarmed as he gasped for breath.