1. n. End, limit.
Pūtikia te ‘ope o te taura.
Tie a knot in the end of the rope;
mei tēta‘i ‘ope i te ‘ōire ki tēta‘i,
from one end of the village to the other.
2. v.i. Come to an end, be complete, be at the limit or utmost (often translatable by an English degree adverb: utterly, completely, absolutely, very).
Kua mārua te tangata i te ‘ope‘anga tāna tuatua.
The people cheered when his speech came to an end;
‘E tamaiti ‘ope kore i te kanga.
The boy never stops fooling around;
‘E ‘apinga ‘ope kore.
It’s an interminable burden;
Kua ‘ope iāia te piri o te moana.
He knows all the secrets of the sea;
Kua ‘ope tōku ‘akakoromaki iāia.
He tried my patience to the limit;
Kua ‘ope roa rātou i te mataora.
They were overjoyed;
Kia ope te au o i te akakiia, e kia ope te au maunga e te au tuaivi i te taakaakaia.
Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill brought low (Luke 3.5). ‘Ope te kite! How clever! ‘Ope te kino! Absolutely awful! (See ‘aka‘ope, tā‘ope; (‘aka-,tā-)-‘ope‘ope; (‘aka-,tā-)‘openga, ‘ope-‘openga.) [Ep. *sope2.]