tuku, (-a, -‘ia -na).
1. Release, leave go, cast or pay out (net).
Kua tuku ‘aia i te manu kia rere.
He let the bird fly away;
E tuku i te taura kia karu tēta‘i mānga.
Slacken off the rope a bit;
Kua tuku ‘aia i te matangi ki va‘o.
He let the air out;
E tuku mārie i te kupenga.
Pay out the net slowly;
Tukuia io ra te poti.
Then the boat was lowered (Acts 27:30);
Kua ‘inga‘inga rātou i tō mātou tuku‘anga i te taura.
They all fell over when we let go of the rope. Tuku i te tūtau, let go anchor.
2. Allow, let, give or grant (permission, authority), concede.
E tuku i tēnā tangata kia ‘aere.
Allow that man to go;
E tuku ‘ua i te ‘oro‘enua kia ori ‘aere.
Just let the horse roam free;
E tuku koe iāia kia tuatua.
Let him speak;
Tukuna te tamariki kia ‘ōrotē.
Give the children a holiday;
Tē tuku nei au i te tika o teia ‘apinga kiā koe.
I‘m giving you the right to this;
Kua tuku ‘aia ki tā rātou i ‘inangaro.
He conceded what they wanted;
E kua tuku ‘aia i te ‘akaue‘anga kia pupu‘i.
He gave the order to fire.
3. Put, place, leave, deposit, lay (egg, trap), set (problem, trap, task), play (card), deliver (opinion, decision).
Kua tuku ‘aia i te kā‘ui meika ki raro nō te teima‘a.
He put the bunch of bananas down because of the weight;
Nā‘ai i tuku i tēnā ‘apinga ki runga i kona?
Who put that thing up there?;
Kua tuku ‘aia i te ra‘i‘anga o tāna moni ki roto i te pāngika.
He deposited most of his money in the bank;
Kua tuku te moa i te ‘ua ki roto i te pi‘a.
The hen laid the egg in the box;
Kā tuku au i tēta‘i pēpa kiāia.
I‘ll send him a letter;
Kua tuku ‘aia i te nūmero mua ē kua kimi mātou.
He set the first sum and we worked it out;
Kā tuku au i teia ‘anga-‘anga nā‘au e rave.
I‘ll give you this job to do.
Kāre āku peti,nō reira au i tuku ata ai; I didn’t have any spades, that’s why I played a heart.
4. Leave (until later).
E tuku ki te tī roe ka ‘akapiri ei i tō tī nana puaka ki te toa.
Leave it until the new moon before you put your sow to the boar.
E ngaungau meitaki i tā‘au kai kā tuku ei.
Chew your food properly before you swallow it.
6. Leave (intr.), depart.
Kua tuku te pa‘ī ki Ma‘uke ē kā tae āpōpō i te pōpongi.
The ship has left for Ma‘uke, it is due there tomorrow morning. Tuku i te ‘au, yield, give in, give up hope.
Kua tuku ‘aia i te ‘au.
He gave in. Tuku i te ririnui ‘openga, make a supreme effort, throw in everything one has got, exert one’s utmost strength.
Kua tuku ‘aia i tōna ririnui ‘openga.
He exerted his last ounce of strength. Tukumoe, leave off, resist, break off (doing something), stop for a while.
Kāre rava rātou i tukumoe i te rave i te ‘anga‘anga.
They worked on without ever taking a break;
Kāre rava ‘aia i tukumoe i te rave i te kino.
He never stopped doing evil;
E tangata tukumoe kore ‘aia i te tanu.
He works ceaselessly at his planting;
‘Mē kā tukumoe kōtou, ka ma‘ata atu te kino.
If you leave it now, it will only get worse.
7. Entry stake (at cards).
‘ī rua tirī ngi te tuku.
Two shillings to come in (the betting).