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(-a, -ia).

    1. Dodge, swerve aside, avoid, evade. Kua opu mai aia iaku, inara kua kape au ki te kaokao. He tackled me, but I dodged to the side; Kua manuia te vaine ruau i tona kapeiaanga e te motoka. The old woman was lucky that the car avoided her; Kape i te angaanga, to dodge work; Kape i te uianga, to avoid a question; E tamaiti kapeia tera e te tamariki i te apii. The children always shun that boy at school.
    2. Deflect, flick aside. Kua kape aia i te moto ki tona rima. He deflected the blow with his arm; Kia mate te kiore ki roto i te punavai, kua rave mai aia i te rakau e kua kape ki te pae. When a rat died in the well, he fetched a stick and flicked it out to the side. (See i kape(kape), kapenga, kape-kape.) [Np. *kape.]

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