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Substantive s. Adverb ad.
Adjective a. Preposition prep.
Pronoun p. Conjunction c.
Verbal Noun[1] v.n. Interjection i.


A, signifies universal existence, animation, action, power, light, possession, &c.; also the present existence, animation, power, light, &c. of a being, or thing. Hence it is a sign of the present time; and when the sound is prolonged, it denotes a continuation of the existence, action, proceeding, &c. of the being or thing spoken of; or, in other words, a continuation of time; as, “Ka máhi'au ahínei á ——, po nóa, ka óti; I work now, and continuing to work until night shall finish.”

A'di, s. a. v.n. and ad.s. A dance, Joy, &c.; also the proper name of a person. a. Joyful, happy, &c.; as, “E ngákau ádi; A happy heart.” v. n. Rejoicing; as, “E ádi ána te tángata; The man rejoices,” &c. ad. Joyfully; as, “E aire ádi ána te tángata; The man walks joyfully.”— Causative, “Waka ádi; Causing a rejoicing.”

A'di adí, v. n. Transported with joy; as, “E ádi ádi ána te ngákau o te tángata; The man's heart is transported with, or dances, or leaps with joy.”

  1. Note.—It should be remembered, that every part of the New-Zealand verb is formed from verbal nouns of this description, the tenses being formed by auxiliaries used for that purpose.