1. nvi., To answer, reply yes, agree, say, talk; halloo, yes (in reply); tinkling, tolling, or chime of a bell; resonance, as generated by the thumping of a gourd drum on a pad; sound of whistling (Kauaʻi); sound of peacocks; to make such sounds.
- Kou inoa, e ō mai (FS 199), your name chant, answer.
- E uhaele kākou i kahakai. Ō, e uhaele ʻiʻo aku kākou. Let's go to the beach. Yes, let's do go.
2. vi., To remain, endure, survive, continue, go on, exist; continuing.
- Ā pēlā paha i kō ai ke ō ʻana o kona inoa, probably thereby assuring the perpetuation of his name.
- Ke ō nei nō kēlā mele, that song still survives now.
3. n., Food provisions for a journey, especially at sea; sea rations.
- hoʻō Caus/sim.; To provide food for a journey.
4. n., Sprit of a sail or spar.
5. Short for one, sand, in place names, as Keōkea, the white sand.
6. Imperative marker, perhaps less emphatic than the more common e.
- Ō hele kāua, let's go.
- Ō uhaele mai, won't you come.
7. Short for the particle iō, as after prepositions.
- Holo akula ʻoia mai ō lāua nei aku (Laie 603), he ran from the two of them.
- Kiʻi mua akula ʻoia ma ō Kapa-hai-haoa (Laie 595), he first looked for Kapa-hai-haoa.