~labu1 hold ‹s.th.› in o.'s hands; grab, grasp / take ‹s.th., s.o.› in [...]

Part of Speech verb, transitive
Phonetic Form (i·)laᵐbu
Tanema Equivalent ~nou
Lovono Equivalent ~lo
    • hold ‹s.th.› in o.'s hands; grab, grasp
    • take ‹s.th., s.o.› in o.'s arms
    • Sense Comment rare
      (Part of) Synonym (for)
      • Example 1358:
        Nga u-kila ini, kape u-labu u-lui ne moe iono.
        If you marry her, you will carry her all the way to your house.
    • touch ‹s.o.›, have body contact
      • Example 1359:
        Leka, kape u-labu ebele ini metae. Nga u-romo ini we u-labu ini, kape u-kila.
        With your (opp.-sex) cross-cousin, you are not allowed any body contact. If you ever touched her, you'd have to marry her.
    • massage
    • Sense Comment esp
      • Example 1360:
        Ne-labu ebel' ini pe nengele i-meli.
        I'll massage her body because some spots (on her body) are painful.
    • handle, treat ‹s.th., s.o.› in such and such a way ; handle ‹s.o.› in such and such away
    • Sense Comment abstr
      • Example 659:
        Pe-labu pi-ejau, pe-somoli etapu!
        Handle it carefully, don't damage it!
      • Example 1361:
        ~labu motoro
        [lit. hold s.o. heavy] respect s.o.
    • hold ‹skills, knowledge+›
    • Sense Comment fig
      • Example 1362:
        Mwaliko pon i-labu tongolukilo pe i-ejau ñe idi.
        That man knows how to perform magic for people. [lit. he holds medicinal leaves…]

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    • ~la1 take ‹one thing› (vs. ~loko, ‘take several things’) / take ‹s.th.› physically, grab, carry / take ‹s.th.› in order to use or move it. Serves to introduce a new participant in a situation, often an instrument or a theme, even when no actual ‘grabbing’ event is referred to. / forms causative constructions with motion or posture verbs / give ‹s.th.› / take ‹s.th. abstract›, keep / understand ‹s.o., s.th.› / require, take ‹amount of time› / do, make. Combines with certain objects, to form semantically non-compositional phrases
    • ~loko take ‹several objects›, collect, esp. before displacing them somewhere / take ‹people› somewhere, lead / introduces a plural object, animate or not, before a verb of motion or displacement
    • ~labu1 hold ‹s.th.› in o.'s hands; grab, grasp / take ‹s.th., s.o.› in o.'s arms / touch ‹s.o.›, have body contact / massage / handle, treat ‹s.th., s.o.› in such and such a way; handle ‹s.o.› in such and such away / hold ‹skills, knowledge+›
    • ~tabe carry ‹child+› above o.'s belt, i.e. in o.'s arms or on o.'s shoulders / carry ‹s.th.› in o.'s arms (opp. ~valangia ‘carry w. stick’) / raise ‹o.'s hand, ma› as a gesture of blessing
    • ~papa carry ‹child+› on o.'s back (vs. ~tabe ‘carry on o.'s chest’)
    • ~akawo wear ‹s.th.› around o.'s neck / hang ‹s.th.› on o.'s back or shoulder, using straps
    • ~valangia carry ‹burden› on o.'s shoulder using a stick
    • ~wo2 carry ‹basket, net+› on o.'s back, hanging from a strap put around forehead