- (Of size or amount) large, big; bigness, size, amount. Naau te nita maata, naku te mea meangiti. You have the big pawpaw, Ill have the little one; E aa te maata o te vaka? How big is the canoe?; Mei te aa te maata i toou punua oroenua? About what size is your foal?; no te maata i tona enua, because he had so much land; Kua maata atu i te anere paunu. It amounted to more than a hundred pounds.
- (Of quantity) many, numerous(ness); a lot. Kare i maata te tangata i te ura i teia po. There weren’t many people at the dance tonight; Kare i pou ia ratou i te aaki i te ii no te maata. They didn’t pick all the chestnuts, there were so many; E maata toku manako, kare ra e rava te taime no te akamarama. I’ve a lot of ideas, but there isn’t enough time to explain them.
- (Of quality) heavy (of rain), high (of prices, rank), grave (of problems, offences), important; heaviness, etc. Ka kino ta tatou pai uri tomati me maata te ua. Our bed of young tomato plants w be spoiled if we get heavy rain; Kua maata roa toou kino, no reira ka akautunga au ia koe e ono mataiti ki roto i te are auri. Your offence is very serious, I must therefore sentence you to six years in jail; E oko maata koe i te tuka kia kore e pou vave. Put a high price on the sugar so it won’t sell quickly; Ko te tangata maata teia i ta matou ngai angaanga. Here is the fore-man at our factory; E tangata maata aia i teia taoni. He’s a big man in this town. (See (a-, aka-, ta-) maata, maataanga, (a-, aka-, ta-) maatamaata, (aka-, ta-)-mamaata.) [Root originally probably *maa, cf. teimaa, Tongan and Samoan mamafa.]
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