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rato

Translation of rato in English:

sustantivo masculino

  • 1.1 (tiempo breve) hace un rato que se fue
    he left a while ago
    it's a while since he left
    ya hace rato que volvieron
    they've been back a while o some time now
    ¿puedes salir un rato?
    can you come out for a while?
    espera un ratito que ya acabo
    wait a minute o [familiar] hang on a second, I've nearly finished
    llevo un buen rato esperando
    I've been waiting for quite some time o for quite a while
    en mis ratos libres or de ocio pasé un mal rato
    it was terrible
    dentro de un ratito te llamo, que ahora estoy ocupado
    I'll call you in a little while, I'm busy right now
    1.2 (en locuciones) a cada rato (América Latina) , me interrumpe a cada rato
    he keeps interrupting me every five minutes o the whole time
    al (poco) rato, llegó al poco rato de irte tú
    he arrived shortly o just after you left
    al rato se me quitó el dolor
    shortly afterward(s) o a short time later the pain went
    solo al rato me di cuenta de la gravedad del asunto
    I only realized how serious the situation was a little while later
    ¿quieres bailar? — al rato (México)
    do you want to dance? — later o in a while
    a ratos
    now and again
    a ratos perdidos
    now and then
    now and again
    de a rato or (España) de a ratos
    now and again
    más rato (Chile) voy a guardar este pedazo para más rato
    I'm going to save this piece for later
    para rato [familiar], no me esperes, tengo para rato
    don't wait for me, I'll be a while o I'll be some time o I'll be quite a long time
    todavía hay para rato
    there's still a long way to go ( o a lot to do etc)
    si está hablando con Juan tenemos para rato
    if she's talking to Juan, we'll be here all day/all night
    [familiar] [humorístico]
    pasar el rato
    to while away o pass the time
    me puse a leer una revista para pasar el rato
    I started reading a magazine to while away o pass the time
    un rato largo (España) [familiar], sabe un rato largo de música
    she sure knows a lot o she knows a hell of a lot about music
    [familiar]
    ¡esto pesa un rato largo!
    this weighs a ton!
    [familiar]
Example sentences
  • Le perturba que le toquen a cada rato el tema.
  • De seguro que si fuera un Américano o Europeo no le harían pasar malos ratos.
  • Al rato llegó una pobre anciana, apoyada en un bastón.

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