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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to bind)
a. to tie
Voy a atar el perro a ese árbol para que pueda comprar un café. No me tardo.I'm going to tie the dog to that tree so I can buy a coffee. I won't be a minute.
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.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
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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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (unir; nudo, cuerda)
a. to tie
2. (fig)
atar cabosto put two and two together
3. (con cuerdas)
a. to tie up
lo ataron de pies y manosthey tied his hands and feet
esa cláusula nos ata las manosour hands are tied by that clause
4. (fig)
atar corto a alguiento keep a tight rein on somebody
5. (constreñir)
a. to tie down
su trabajo le ata muchoher work takes up a lot of her time
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
6. (uno mismo)
a. to tie oneself down
se ató el peloshe tied her hair up
atarse los zapatosto 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
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
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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