Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Tuesday April 20, 2010
to record; to engrave
Grabar is one of those Spanish words which does the work of two English ones. When talking about music, it means to record:
Están grabando un nuevo álbum.
They’re recording a new album.
The noun derived from the verb in this meaning is una grabación, a recording:
la grabación ilegal de conversaciones privadas
the illegal recording of private conversations
The other literal meaning of grabar is to engrave:
Hizo grabar sus iniciales en la medalla.
He got his initials engraved on the medal.
The noun derived from the verb in this meaning is un grabado, which refers to a print or an engraving:
dibujos y grabados
drawings and prints
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