tangata, (optional pl. tāngata).
1. n. A person, people; a man, mankind.
‘E tangata karapi‘i tika ai ‘aia.
He is a very selfish man;
‘Ea‘a rā te tangata i putuputu ei ki kō?
I wonder why the people are gathering over there?;
Ka ‘inangaro tangata ‘aia ‘ei kō i te arāvai.
He wanted sbdy to dig the drain;
Ka inangaro‘ia te tangata kia matakite.
One needs to be careful;
E no‘o koe ki te kāinga, ‘e tangata maremare koe.
Stay at home, you’ve got a cold;
‘E ngā tāngata tērā e tū maī ra.
That’s two men standing over there;
mē ‘e tuatua tangata tā‘au,
if you are speaking the truth;
Te Tamaiti a te Tangata,
the Son of Man. Tangata tupu, neighbour.
‘Auraka e ‘akamanamanatā i tō tangata tupu.
Don’t bother your neighbour. Tangata kāinga, owner of a place.
2. (-ia). Visited, attended or inhabited by people.
Kāre e tangata roa ana te teata i teia pō.
There aren’t many people at the cinema tonight;
Kāre e tangata‘ia teia tārekareka nō te ua.
There won’t be many at this game because of the rain;
Ka tangata‘ia te ‘enua.
The land will become more populous;
mei te tangata angaia o te enua nei,
since men were on the earth (Rev. 16.18)
3. v.i. Tangata metua, be old.
Kua tangata metua au.
I’ve grown old now;
Kua mate tōku ‘oro‘enua tangata metua.
My old horse has died;
Kāre tōku metua i tangata metua roa.
My mother isn’t very old. Tangata kore, deserted, uninhabited.
4. (rako tangata). Become mature, responsible.
Kia rako tangata ake ‘aia,
when he becomes responsible.
5. (ā tangata). Productively, normally, properly.
Kāre e tupu ā tangata tēnā rākau.
That tree won’t grow properly;
Mē kā tū ā tangata tēnā ‘anga‘anga?
Will that business prosper?;
Kāre nei ‘aia i te tū ā tangata, ko te ‘akateitei rā.
He’s not much but he acts big.