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Translation of atar in English:

transitive verb

  • 2
    to tie … down
    no hay nada que me ate a esta ciudad
    there's nothing to keep me in this town
    me hizo una promesa y eso la ata
    she made me a promise and that promise is binding
    atar corto a alguien
    to keep somebody on a tight rein
    to keep somebody on a tight leash (US)

intransitive verb

  • (trabajo/hijos) los hijos atan mucho
    children really tie you down
    children are a real tie
    es un trabajo que ata mucho
    it's a job that really ties you down
    ni ata ni desata
    (es inútil) he's useless
    (no tiene autoridad) he has no say or authority

also: atarse pronominal verb

Example sentences
  • Cada cual ata con cuerdas diferentes, nudos para testimoniar hojas de ruta.
  • El amor no se puede atar como a un burro.
  • Este descuento indebido nos esta atando de pies y manos.
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