1. v.i. Poor, short of, indigent.
Kua veve taua ‘enuā ra i te kai.
That island has run short of food;
Kua veve taua ‘enua tangatā ra i te kāka‘u.
The people of that island were short of clothing. Tangata veve, pauper.
‘Ōakena tēnā mereki kai nā te tangata veve.
Give that plate of food to the poor.
2. n. Poverty.
Kua roko‘ia ‘aia e te veve.
Poverty overtook him.