"atar" can be a verb. You can see the conjugations below.

atar
transitive verb
1. to tie (unir) (nudo, cuerda)
  • atar cabos (figurative) -> to put two and two together
2. to tie up (con cuerdas) (persona caballo, barco)
  • lo ataron de pies y manos -> they tied his hands and feet
  • esa cláusula nos ata las manos -> our hands are tied by that clause
  • atar corto a alguien (figurative) -> to keep a tight rein on somebody
3. to tie down (constreñir)
  • su trabajo le ata mucho -> her work takes up a lot of her time
atarse
pronomial verb
1. to tie oneself down (uno mismo)
also:
  • se ató el pelo -> she tied her hair up
  • atarse los zapatos -> to tie one's shoes o shoelaces

atar [ah-tar’]
article & verb transitive
1. To tie, to bind, to fasten, to knit; to lace.
2. To deprive of motion, to stop. (Metaphorical)
  • Atar bien su dedo -> to take care of oneself, to be attentive to one’s own interest
  • Al atar de los trapos -> at the close of the accounts
  • Loco de atar -> as mad as a hatter
  • Atar cabos -> to put two and two together
  • Este trabajo me ata mucho -> this work ties me down a lot
  • Atar corto a uno -> to keep a tight rein over someone
  • Atar de pies y manos -> to tie hand and foot
verb reflexive
3. To be embarrassed or perplexed, to be at a loss how to extricate oneself from some difficulties.
  • Atarse en una dificultad -> to get tied in a difficulty
4. To confine oneself to some certain subject or matter.
  • Atarse a la letra -> to stick to the letter of the text
  • Atarse las manos -> to tie oneself down by promise

atar
verbo:transitivo
1 (amarrar) to tie; tie up; [+cautivo] to bind; tie up; (abrochar) to fasten; [+animal] to tether; [+gavilla] to bind
zapatos de atar lace-up shoes; está de atar he's raving mad
dejar algo atado y bien atado to leave no loose ends; leave everything properly tied up
2 (impedir el movimiento a) to stop; paralyze
atar corto a algn to keep sb on a close rein
atar la lengua a algn to silence sb
atar las manos a algn to tie sb's hands
verse atado de pies y manos to be tied hand and foot
verbo:intransitivo
ni ata ni desata this is getting us nowhere
verbo:pronominal
atarse
1 (liarse) to get into a muddle
atarse en una dificultad to get tied up in a difficulty
2 (sentirse violento) to be embarrassed; get embarrassed
3 (ceñirse)
atarse a la letra to stick to the literal meaning; atarse a una opinión to stick to one's opinion; not budge from one's opinion

Verb Conjugations for "atar" (go to to tie)

Indicative

Present
Preterit
Imperfect
Conditional
Future
yo ato até ataba ataría ataré
atas ataste atabas atarías atarás
él/ella/Ud. ata ató ataba ataría atará
nosotros atamos atamos atábamos ataríamos ataremos
vosotros atáis atasteis atabais ataríais ataréis
ellos/ellas/Uds. atan ataron ataban atarían atarán
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