Atar in English | Spanish to English Translation and Dictionary
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
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
atar
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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