Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Sunday August 3, 2014

atar, verb:
to tie; to tie up

We’ve already come across desatar, to untie.

desatar un nudo
to untie a knot

Atar is its opposite, and you can use it in many different senses of tying.

atarse los cordones
to tie up your shoelaces

Le ataron las manos a la espalda.
They tied his hands behind his back.

In its extended, metaphorical meaning, you can use it in a similar way to English.

No hay nada que me ate* a este lugar.
There’s nothing to tie me to this place.

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