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    1. n.
    2. Thing, not necessarily physical object (often used because of lack of information instead of a more precise word). Te kave nei koe i tena mea ki ea? Where are you taking that thing?; Teia te mea taku e manako nei i te rave. Here is the thing I have in mind to do; e rua paunu i te mea okotai, two pounds for each article.
    3. Used essentially as a proform, or as a vague place-holder for a noun where the following attribute is semantically more important. E iri koe i te au mea meariki. Sort out the little ones; E mea kino te matangi. The wind was something awful; E mea ke! It was quite exceptional!; E mea roa toou akapupu-anga i tena tikata vai. You are taking a long time to boil that kettle of water; Kare rava e mea ou i raro ake i te ra nei. There is nothing new under the sun (Eccl. 1.9).
    4. Reason, cause. No te mea, i te mea, because. KAre au e tae atu ki te angaanga apopo, no te mea, ka aru au i te aronga tautai. I shan

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