Translation of desatar in English:

desatar

to untie, v.

transitive verb

  • 1

    • 1.1

      (lazo/nudo) to untie
      (nudo/lazo) to undo

    • 1.2

      (persona) to untie
      (perro) to let … loose
      (perro) to let … off the leash

  • 2

    (desencadenar)
    • 2.1literary

      (cólera/pasiones) to unleash

    • 2.2

      (crisis) to spark off
      (crisis) to trigger
      (crisis) to precipitate formal
      (revuelta) to cause
      (revuelta) to spark off
      (polémica) to provoke
      (polémica) to give rise to
      han desatado una campaña de ataques contra ella they have launched a campaign of attacks against her


pronominal verb

  • 1

    • 1.1

      (nudo/lazo/cordones) to come undone
      (nudo/cordones/lazo) to come untied
      (caballo/perro) to get loose

    • 1.2

      (persona) to untie oneself

    • 1.3

      (persona/zapatos/cordones) to untie
      (persona/cordones/zapatos) to undo

  • 2

    (desencadenarse)
    • 2.1literary

      (pasiones/furia/ira) to be unleashed
      (furia/pasiones/ira) to be let loose
      los nervios se desataron tempers flared

    • 2.2

      se desató en insultos contra nosotros he let fly at us with a string of insults

    • 2.3

      (polémica/crisis) to erupt
      (polémica/crisis) to flare up
      (revuelta) to break out
      una ola de violencia se ha desatado en todo el país a wave of violence has broken out throughout the country

    • 2.4

      (tormenta/temporal) to break