1. (-a, -‘ia). Grip in (pincer grip), nip, snap or clench (teeth), grab and hold, catch in a (sprung) trap.
Kua pākati te tupa i tōku rima.
The crab gripped onto my hand;
Kua pākati ‘aia i te pu‘ipu‘i ki tōna ni‘o i tōna ‘akakā‘anga i te ‘ava‘ava.
He gripped the pipe between his teeth as he lit the tobacco;
Kua pākati te puakaoa i tōna ni‘o ma te ngururū.
The dog snapped its teeth, growling;
Kua pākati‘ia te kiore toka nō te kai i te kūmara.
The rats were trapped because they were eating the sweet potatoes;
‘Ākara, ka pākatia koe e te ture.
Watch out, the law will get you.
2. n. Pākati kiore, rat-trap.
Kua tāmou ‘aia i te pākati kiore ki raro i te ta‘ua.
He set the rat-trap under the floor. Pākati niuniu, wire-cutters, pincers, pliers.