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Translation of rato in English:

masculine noun

  • 2 (en locuciones) a cada rato (Latin America) , me interrumpe a cada rato
    he keeps interrupting me every five minutes or the whole time
    al (poco) rato, llegó al poco rato de irte tú
    he arrived shortly or just after you left
    al rato se me quitó el dolor
    shortly afterward(s) or 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 or 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 or I'll be some time or I'll be quite a long time
    todavía hay para rato
    there's still a long way to go ( or 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 or pass the time
    me puse a leer una revista para pasar el rato
    I started reading a magazine to while away or pass the time
    un rato largo (Spain) [colloquial], sabe un rato largo de música
    she sure knows a lot or 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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