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Translation of rato in English:

sustantivo masculino

  • 2 (en locuciones) a cada rato (Latin America) , 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 (Mexico)
    do you want to dance? — later o in a while
    a ratos
    from time to time
    now and again
    a ratos perdidos
    now and then
    now and again
    de a rato or (Spain) de a ratos
    from time to time
    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 [colloquial], 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 [colloquial] [humorous]
    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 (Spain) [colloquial], sabe un rato largo de música
    she sure knows a lot o she knows a hell of a lot about music [colloquial]
    ¡esto pesa un rato largo!
    this weighs a ton! [colloquial]
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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