Tardar in English | Spanish to English Translation
transitive verb
1. (to spend time)
a. to take
No puedo creer que tardaste dos horas en llegar. I can't believe it took you two hours to get here.
intransitive verb
2. (to take too much time)
a. to be late
Si tardas, vamos a perder el tren.If you're late, we'll miss the train.
3. (to be a while)
a. to be long
¿Puedo ir a la tienda, mamá? - Sí, pero no tardes.Can I go to the store, mom? - Yes, but don't be long.
pronominal verb
4. (to take too much time)
a. to be long
No me tardo; solo voy a comprar leche.I won't be long; I'm just going to buy milk.
b. to take a long time
¡Cómo te tardas! ¡Apúrate ya!What a long time you take! Hurry up already!
intransitive verb
1. to take (llevar tiempo)
  • tardó un año en hacerlo she took a year to do it
  • tardó en darse cuenta it took him a while o he took a while to realize
  • ¿cuánto tardarás (en hacerlo)? how long will you be (doing it)?, how long will it take you (to do it)?
2. to be late (retrasarse); to be slow (ser lento)
  • tardar en hacer algo to take a long time to do something
  • no tardará en llegar he won't be long (in coming)
  • ahora vuelvo, no tardo I'll be back in a minute, I won't be long
  • no tardaron en hacerlo they were quick to do it
  • a más tardar at the latest
  • sin tardar promptly
pronominal verb
  • no me tardaré I won't be long (Mexican Spanish)
transitive verb
he tardado un poco debido a la lluvia I'm a bit late because of the rain; tardamos tres horas de Granada a Córdoba it took us o we took three hours to get from Granada to Córdoba; ¿cuánto se tarda? how long does it take?
aquí tardan mucho en servirte the service is very slow here; they take a long time to serve you here
tardó tres horas en encontrarlo it took him three hours to find it; he spent three hours looking for it; tardó mucho en repararlo he took a long time to repair it
¿cuánto tardaremos en terminarlo?
intransitive verb
vete a buscarlo, pero no tardes go and fetch it, but don't be long; te espero a las ocho, no tardes I expect you at eight, don't be late
tardar en hacer algo
tardó en llegar it was late in arriving; tarda en hacer efecto it takes a while to take effect; it doesn't take effect immediately; no tarde usted en informarme please tell me as soon as you know; el público no tardó en reaccionar the spectators were not slow o were quick to react
a más tardar at the latest
a las ocho a más tardar at eight o'clock at the latest
sin tardar without delay
a todo tardar at the latest
pronominal verb
tardarse (México) to be long; take a long time
no me tardo I won't be long; I won't take long
Verb Conjugations for tardar
Gerund: tardando
Participle: tardado
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