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transitive verb
1. (to bind)
a. to tie
Sally ató los libros con una cuerda para hacerlos más fáciles de cargar.Sally tied the books together with twine to make them easier to carry.
b. to tie up
Ató las flores y las cargó en la espalda. She tied up the flowers and carried them on her back.
c. to tie down
Ataron sus muebles en la parte trasera de la camioneta. They tied down their furniture in the back of the truck.
d. to tether (livestock)
Gary ató su caballo a un poste. Gary tethered his horse to a post.
2. (to impede)
a. to tie down
Tiene ganas de ver el mundo, pero su familia lo ata.He wants to see the world, but his family ties him down.
atarse
pronominal verb
3. (to fasten)
a. to tie
Hay varias maneras creativas de atarse los zapatos. There are several creative ways to tie your shoes.
b. to tie up
Se ató el cabello con una cinta azul. She tied up her hair with a blue ribbon.
4. (to be impeded by)
a. to be tied to
No quiero atarme todavía a las responsabilidades de tener una familia.I don't want to be tied to the responsibilities of having a family yet.
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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
pronominal 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
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transitive verb
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
intransitive verb
ni ata ni desata this is getting us nowhere
pronominal verb
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
Gerund: atando
Indicative
PresentPreteriteImperfectConditionalFuture
yoatoatéatabaataríaataré
atasatasteatabasataríasatarás
él/ella/Ud.ataatóatabaataríaatará
nosotrosatamosatamosatábamosataríamosataremos
vosotrosatáisatasteisatabaisataríaisataréis
ellos/ellas/Uds.atanataronatabanataríanatarán
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