Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Friday July 18, 2014

grabar, verb:
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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