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    1. loc.n. Front, ahead, before.
    2. Referring to place. A mua, the front. Teia a mua i te are. This is the front of the house; E peni koe i a mua i te are. Paint the front of the house. I mua, at the front. Tona au nio i mua, his front teeth; E noo korua ki te pa i mua, ka noo au ki te pa i muri. You sit in the row in front, Ill sit in the row behind. Ki mua, to the front. E akara koe ki mua. Look ahead; E kave koe i te pia ki mua. Take the box out in front; Kua tu aia ki mua ake iaku. He stood in front of me (forward of me); E aere koe ki mua atu. Go further forward. Na mua, along in front, on ahead. E aere koe na mua, ka na muri atu au. You go ahead, Ill come along behind. Na mua mai ra, coming from the front. Te na mua maira oki te matangi. For there was a head wind (Matt. 14.24). To mua, no mua, belong to the front or foremost position. To mua e manganui ra e riro no muri; e to muri ra, e riro ia no mua. Many that are first shall be last, and those that are last, they shall be first (Mark 10.31).
    3. Referring to time.
    4. Ahead (as we look into the future), coming, next. A teia marama ki mua, this coming month, next month; Ei teia kianga marama i mua e akataka ai te maito. Next full moon the black surgeonfish w be gathering.
    5. First, before something else. E vaito koe i teia au anga parau na mua ka paunu ei. Measure these pearl shells before you weigh them; Kua tae aia i mua ake iaku. He arrived before me; Kua puta toku vaevae i te rakau i mua ake ka angaanga ai maua. I hurt my leg on a branch of something before we started work; I mua poto ua ake i te tuaero. It rained shortly before noon.
    6. The past, earlier days, former times. I mua ake nei, in former times. E angaanga matau na matou i te tere ki tera oire e ki tera oire i mua ake nei, kareka i teianei, kua kore ua. It was our custom in former times to travel from vage to vage, but nowadays it has died out; I mua ana, in the past. I tae mai ana au ki konei i mua ana. I’ve been here before. Mei mua mai, from early days. Mei mua mai to matou nooanga ki runga i teia enua e tae ua mai ki teia ra. We have occupied this land from long ago right up to today.
    7. n. The first (in time or place). Tana tama mua, his eldest son; Ko taau pa anani mua teia e arote. These are the rows of orange trees you must plough first; Ko te pae mua o te puka taku i tatau ei. It is the first part of the book that I’ve read. Te mua tangata, the eldest in a family. Ko ia to matou mua tangata. He is the eldest in our family. (See matamua, momua, muamua, muatangana, muavaka.) [Pn. *mua.]

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