ma1 [ '][mã́] {SS::} vb. to fit; to suit (e.g. of
clothing), Ẹwu naa ma mwẹn “This
dress suits me (i.e. it looks good on
me).”

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ma2 [ '][mã́] {SS::} vb. to form a crowd; to
cram: Evbo ma ye evba “People
have formed a crowd there.”

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ma3 [ '][mã́] {SM::} vb. 1. to mould something
(e.g. pots or building blocks). (cf.
manọ1) 2. to make; to install (into
office).

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ma4 [ '][mã́] {SS::} aux. to pretend to be doing
something: Ọ ma viẹ “He is only
pretending to be crying.”

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ma5 [ '][mã́] {SS::} adv. the neg. particle in
clauses with past or perfect tense
meaning: I ma yo: “I did not go.”
I ma he yo “I have not yet gone”.

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ma6 [ '][mã́] {SM::} aux. 1. indicates that the
action in the main verb had been
performed sometime before: Ọ ma
nọ ọnrẹn nẹ
“He had asked him
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ma [ `][mã̀] {SS::} pron. a form of the 1st
per. pl. pronoun; it usually serves as
subj. of the clause or sentence in
which it occurs: Ma sẹ owa nẹ
“We have reached home already”
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maa1 [ `'][mã̀ã́] {SM::} vb. 1. to teach; to show:
Ọ maa ọnrẹn ebe: “He taught her
(book)”
. Ọ maa mwẹn odẹ He
showed me the way
; 2. prep. occurs
after verbs such as rhie, ta, kha, etc.
as the equivalent of the prep. “to”:
Ọ rhie ẹre maa mwẹn “He showed
it to me.”

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maa2 [ `'][màá] {SS::} vb. to be good; nice;
proper, etc. Okhuo na maa mẹ gbe
“This woman is very good to me.”

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malomalo [ ' ' ' '][málómáló] {SM::} adj.; adv. 1.
twisted, rumpled. 2. roughly; untidily:
in appearance: Ọ vbuọ ukpọn nii
malomalo
“He folded that cloth
roughly.”

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mama1 [ ` '][mã̀mã́] {SM::} vb. 1. to adhere; to
stick together; Ukpọn ne ọ hẹ ye
ẹkpẹtin hia mama kugbe
“The
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mama2 [ ` '][mã̀mã́] {SS::} vb. to massage: Ọ ya
ukpọn mama ọnrẹn egbe
“She
massaged his body with a piece of
cloth.”

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manọ1 [ ` '][mã̀nɔ̃́] {SS::} vb. iter. or pl. of ma3:
Iran manọ akhe vuọn otọ “They
moulded pots all over the place.”

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manọ2 [ ` '][mã̀nɔ̃́] {SS::} vb. to writhe; to twist
and roll oneself about. (e.g. with pain
or discomfort). Ọ gha manọ yo
manọ rre vbe ukpo
“He is writhing
on the bed.”

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meto [ ` '][mẽ̀tó] {SS::} vb. (< mọ ― eto) to
plait hair.

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mẹ1 [ '][mɛ̃́] {SS::} vb. to hiss (to express con-
tempt or grief.) Ọ mẹ suẹẹn: “She
hissed a hissing sound”
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mẹ2 [ '][mɛ̃́] {SS::} vb. to plait hair. Ọ guẹ
eto ne a mẹ
“She is good at hair-
plaiting.”

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mẹ3 [ '][mɛ̃́] {SM::} pron. 1. a form of the
emphatic 1st per. sgl. pronominal
which serves as subject of the clause
or sentence in which it occurs: Mẹ
yo nẹ
“I have gone already”; 2.
with a high tone, it represents the
indirect object form of the 1st pers.
sgl. pron. Ọ rhie mẹ “He gave me”
(The high tone on the prououn is
realized as slightly lower than the
preceding high tone because it is
at an utterance final position).

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mẹtin [ ` '][mɛ̃̀tĩ́] {SS::} n. cf. sẹtin.

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mi [ '][mĩ́] {SS::} vb. to squeeze; to wring:
mi ukpọn nii ọ ke taẹn
“She wrung
that cloth before she spread it out.”

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miamia [ ` '][mỹã̀mỹã́] {SS::} vb. to forget:
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miamia eni mwẹn He forgot my
name
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miaro1 [ ' `][myã́ɽò] {SS::} vb. (< miẹ ― aro) “to
find eye”, to have the opportunity
to do something: I ma miaro ya sẹ
odẹ ọghuẹ
“I did not find the
chance to get to your place: I have
been pre-occupied”
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miaro2 [ ' `][myã́ɽò] {SS::} vb. (< mi ― aro) “to
squeeze eye” 1. to make faces at;
to sneer at.

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miegbe [ ` '][myẽ̀gbé] {SS::} vb. (< miẹ ― egbe)
“to see each other”; to meet.

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miẹ [ '][myɛ̃́] {SS::} vb. to see; to find: I miẹ
iyan ne u viọ rre
“I saw the yams
that you brought.”

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miẹ [ '][myɛ̃́] {SS::} vb. to accept; to receive:
Ọ miẹn mwẹn ígho “She accepted
(the) money from me.”

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miẹdia [ ` `'][myɛ̃̀dìá] {SS::} vb. to be in waiting;
to grant audience to.

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miẹfan [ ` '][myɛ̃̀fã́] {SS::} vb. to redeem; to
rescue.

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miẹkue [ ` '][myɛ̃̀kwé] {SS::} vb. to admit (some-
thing) as fact; to confess to some-
thing.: Ọ miẹkue íghe rẹn ọ rriọe
“He admitted that he was the one
who ate it.”

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miẹrhie [ ' ``][myɛ̃́řìè] {SS::} vb. (< mie ― rhie):
“to see and take”; to come upon;
to find; to discover. Ọ mie ígho rhie
vbe odẹki
“He found some money
on the way to the market.”

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miẹmiẹ1 [ ` '][myɛ̃̀myɛ̃́] {SS::} vb. to suck some-
thing: Ọ gha miẹmiẹ ikpẹ ọmerhan
“He is sucking the seed of a fruit.”

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miẹmiẹ2 [ ` '][myɛ̃̀myɛ̃́] {SS::} vb. to be sugary-
sweet: ọ miẹmiẹ sọsọsọ: “It is overly
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miẹmiẹmiẹ [ ` ` `][myɛ̃̀myɛ̃̀myɛ̃̀] {SS::} adj. (usually
with the vb., ye) sugary sweet.

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migbo [ ' '][mĩ́g͡bó] {SS::} vb. to echo: Urhu ẹre
migbo la umọdia
“His voice echoed
down the street.”

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mile [ ' `][mílè] {SS::} vb. (< miẹ ― ile) “to
accept a bet” to make a bet; to bet.
(also tile: < ta ile ― “to say a bet”^^).

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mimi [ ` '][mĩ̀mĩ́] {SS::} vb. (with aro) to shut;
to close: Wa mimi aro ne a
nerhunmwun
: “Close your eyes and
let us pray.”

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mina [ ` '][mĩ̀nã́] {SS::} vb. to dream: Ọ mina
miẹ ọse ọre nasọn
“He dreamt
about his friend last night”
.

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miobọ [ ` '][myõ̀bɔ́] {SS::} vb. “to find hand”:
to find time; to be chanced: I ma
miobọ ya rre nodẹ
“I did not find
time to come yesterday.”
(cf. miaro).

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miọghọn [ ` '][mĩɔ̃̀ɣɔ̃́] {SM::} vb. 1. to be slippery;
to cause to slip: Eke ne ọ tue amẹ
yi na miọghọn
“This place where
he spilled water is slippery”
; 2. to
slip: Ọkpan miọghọn fua vbe obọ
mwẹn
“The plate slipped out of
my hand.”
(cf. khuo).

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miọghọọn [ ` ``][mẏɔ̃̀ɣɔ̃̀ɔ̃̀] {SS::} adj. (usually with
ye) smooth glossy: Egbe ẹre ye
miọghọọn
“Her body is very
smooth.”

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mitan [ ` '][mĩ̀tã́] {SS::} vb. to be lazy; to be
sluggish: Ọvbokhan naa mitan gbe
“This child is very lazy.”

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mitanmitan [ ` ` ` `][mĩ̀tã̀mĩ̀tã̀] {SS::} adv.; adj.
lazy; weak; wretched: Ọ gha họ ukpọn
vba mitanmitan
“She is washing
clothes over there in a very lazy
manner.”
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“These plantains are very wretched”.

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miuhunmwun [ ` ' `][myũ̀hṹɱũ̀] {SS::} vb. (< mie
- uhunmwun) “to see head”: to
survive: Ẹi miuhunmwun vbe eke
ne iran gie ẹre na
“He won’t survive
from this mission that they have
sent him.”

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mobọ [ ` '][mòbɔ́] {SS::} adv. very much; very
well: Evbare na mobọ rhiẹnrhiẹn
“This meal is very delicious”
.

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mohu [ ' `][móhù] {SS::} vb. to be angry. (also
muohu).

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mose [ ` '][mòsé] {SS::} vb. to be beautiful; love-
ly; nice.

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mosee [ ` ``][mòsèè] {SS::} adj. very beautiful; ap-
pealing: Ẹvbo na ye mosee “This
town is very beautiful.”
. (also
mosemose).

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mosemose [ ` ` ` `][mòsèmòsè] {SM::} adj.; adv. 1.
cf. mosee. 2. beautifully.

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mọ [ '][mɔ̃́] {SS::} vb. to bear fruit. Erhan
ogui na ma mọ ukpo na
“This
ogui tree did not bear fruit this year.”

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mọmọ [ ` '][mɔ̃̀mɔ̃́] {SM::} vb. 1. to borrow:
mọmọ igho vbe aza ya bowa
“He
borrowed money from the bank to
build a house.”
; 2. to lend: Ọ mọmọ
igho nẹẹn ya dẹ evbare
: “He lent him
money to buy food with.”

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mọtọn [ ' `][mɔ̃́tɔ̃̀] {SS::} vb. “to acquire rust”
1. to rust; 2. to be rusty; ise na mọtọn
“This nail is rusty” (also muọtọn).

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mu1 [ '][mṹ] {SS::} vb. to carry; to lift up:
Ọ mu aga yan uhunmwun eteburu
He lifted the chair on top of the table
.

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mu2 [ '][mṹ] {SS::} vb. to catch; to capture;
to arrest: Olakpa mu iran vbe odẹ
ẹki
“The police arrested them
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mu3 [ '][mṹ] {SM::} vb. 1. to be afflicted (e.g.
by disease or sickness) (the cause
of affliction is always subject of
sentence): Oni mu ẹnrẹn nasọn
“He was afflicted by fever last night”^^
.;
2. to be moved emotionally or psy-
chologically (the emotion or psych.
state often occurs as subject): Ohu
mu mwẹn
“I am angry”. Ekhue
mu ẹnrẹn
“He was shamed.”

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mu4 [ '][mṹ] {SS::} vb. to acquire (usually a
status): Ọ mu okaro vbe edanmwẹn
ne iran ruu
“He acquired the first
position in the exam that they did.”

Ọ mu eyẹ nẹ “He has already
acquired a grandparent’s status.”

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mu5 [ '][mṹ] {SS::} vb. to be sharp: Ọpia na i
mu
“This machete is not sharp.”

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mu6 [ '][mṹ] {SM::} vb. 1. (of soup) to lose
taste; (e.g. from having been kept
for too long): Uwọnmwẹn na mu
nẹ
“This soup has deteriorated”;
2. (of day) to lose light; to grow
dark: Ẹdẹ mu nẹ “The day has
grown dark.”

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mu-dede [ ` ` '][mũ̀dèdé] {SS::} idiom. to embrace;
to hug: Ọ muerhae dede “He
embraced his father.”

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mu-fua [ ` `'][mũ̀fùá] {SS::} idiom. to lose: Ọ mu
ígho fua vbe odẹ
“He lost money
on the way.”

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mu-gba [ ` '][mũ̀g͡bá] {SS::} idiom. cf. mu-rri.

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mu-gbọọ [ ` '][mũ̀g͡bɔ́] {SS::} idiom. to establish;
to found: Ọ mu esuku gbọọ ye ẹvbo
ima
“He established a school in
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mu-hẹn [ ` '][mũ̀hɛ̃́] {SS::} idiom. to initiate;
to start: Ọ ma he ye mu iwinna nii
hẹn
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mu-hin [ ` '][mũ̀hĩ́] {SS::} idiom. to store away
(something); to conceal: Ọ ya mu ígho
hin vbe aza
“He went and stored
away money in the bank.”
(also
mu-lẹree). 2. to remove from; to
take away from.

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mu-kee [ ` `'][mũ̀kèé] {SS::} idiom. to put on the
fire (to cook): Ọ mu iyan kee “He
put some yam on the fire (to cook).”

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mu-khuẹ [ ` `'][mũ̀xùɛ́] {SS::} idiom. to promise
away in marriage; to betroth: ọ mu
ovbi-ẹre nọdiọn khuẹ mẹ
“He
betrothed his oldest daughter to me”
.

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mu-khui [ ` '][mũ̀xwí] {SS::} idiom. to arrest.
Olakpa mu Ozo khui “The police
has arrested Ozo.”

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mu-kpaa [ ` `'][mũ̀k͡pàá] {SS::} idiom. to help to
carry load. Ọ ma miẹ omwan ne ọ
gha mu ihẹ kpaa ore
“She did not
find anybody to help her carry some
of her load.”

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mu-lẹree [ ` ` `'][mũ̀lɛ̀ɽèé] {SS::} idiom. to conceal
something. (cf. mu hin).

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mu-maa [ ` `'][mũ̀màá] {SS::} idiom. to show
(something) to. Ọ mu owẹ ne ọ
bunrun ma mwẹn
“He showed me
his broken leg.”

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mu-na [ ` '][mũ̀nã́] {SS::} idiom. to give (some-
thing big or bulky) to: Ọ mu owa ne
ima
“He donated a house to us.”
The particle na changes to ne when
immediately followed by its object.

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mu-rre [ ` '][mũ̀ré] {SS::} idiom. to bring: Imoto
mu iran rri Ẹdo
“A vehicle brought
them to Benin.”
The particle rre
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experience a stalemate; to encounter
difficulties ― Ẹmwẹn iwinna rẹn
mu-rri.
―^^He has encountered a stale-
mate in the matter of his job. (i.e.
he hasn’t made any progress in his
job prospects)
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mu-roo [ ` `'][mũ̀ɽòó] {SS::} idiom. “to worry
about (something)”; to grieve over:
Ẹmwẹn ovbi ẹre ne ọ wuu ẹre ọ
mu-rooro
“It is the matter of his
deceased child that he is grieving
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mu-ru [ ` '][mũ̀ɽú] {SS::} idiom. to cheat (some-
body). Ọ mu iyẹe ru gbe “He cheats
his mother excessively.”

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mu-ve [ ` '][mũ̀vé] {SS::} idiom. to buy whole-
sale: Ọ mu ikhiavbọ nii ve “He
bought that okro wholesale.”

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mu-vbovbo [ ` ` '][mũ̀ʋòʋó] {SS::} idiom. to carry
on the back: Ọ mu ovbi-ẹre vbovbo
“She backed her child.”

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mua1 [ `'][mũ̀ã́] {SS::} vb. to multiply; to in-
crease. Ọ mua ígho ne ọ ya suẹn
ẹki igbava nẹ
“She has multiplied
the amount with which she started
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mua2 [ `'][mũ̀ã́] {SS::} vb. (with ẹmwẹn) to
argue with; to disagree with. Ọ mua
arowa re ẹmwẹn
“She disagreed
with what her husband said.”

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muawẹ [ ' `][nw̃áwɛ̀] {SS::} vb. (< mu ― awẹ)
“to hold fast”: to observe a fast;
to fast.
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muegbe1 [ ` '][mwẽ̀gbé] {SS::} vb. (< mu1
egbe) “to carry body” to prepare;
to get ready.

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muegbe2 [ ` '][mwẽ̀gbé] {SS::} vb. (< mu ― egbe)
to dress up; to adorn oneself.

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muẹmuẹ [ ` '][mwɛ̃̀mwɛ̃́] {SS::} vb. to idle: Ọ gha
muẹmuẹ vbe ẹziekẹn
“She is idling
by the corner.”

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mugbo [ '][mwgbó] {SS::} vb. (< mu ― ugbo)
to make farm; to start a farm.

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muigbinna [ ' ' `][mwígbĩ́nã̀] {SS::} vb. to stop a
fight; to settle a quarrel.

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muma [ ` '][mũ̀mã́] {SS::} vb. to form a lump;
to cling together into a lump.

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muniẹ [ ' '][mṹnĩɛ̃́] {SS::} vb. to be sluggish;
clumsy.

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muohan [ ` '][mwõ̀hã́] {SM::} vb. 1. to be afraid;
to be frightened: Ọ muohan mwẹn:
“He is afraid of me”
; 2. to terrify;
to make afraid: Ebiebi mu mwẹn
ohan
“Darkness terrifies me.”

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muohan [ ` '][mũõ̀hã́] {SS::} vb. to offer as a
gift; to present. Ọ ya igho muohan
ne iran
“He presented them with
money”
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muohioro [ ' ' `][mũóhióɽò] {SS::} vb. to be lone-
ly; to be desolate. Owa na mu ọmwan
ohioro
“this house makes one
feel lonely.”

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muohu [ ' `][mwóhù] {SS::} vb. cf. mohu.

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