Translation of grind in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /graɪnd/

transitive verb/verbo transitivo (past tense & past participle/pasado y participio pasado ground)

  • 1.1 [pepper/wheat] moler*; (in mortar) moler*, machacar*, triturar; [meat] (American English/inglés norteamericano) moler* or (Spain/España) (River Plate area/Río de la Plata) picar*; [crystals/ore] pulverizar*
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    • If the root is ground to a powder, as some growers do, it is then boiled to extract the liquorice essence.
    • With so many Mexican items in stores across the US, you can make your own chili powder by grinding your own spices.
    • The bark is ground to an off-white powder that has a sweet taste and a pinelike odor.
    1.2 [lens/mirror] pulir; [knife/blade] afilar
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    • The large upright stone also bears the marks of where new adze heads were ground and sharpened.
    • After cooling slowly, the piece is then ground to remove excess enamel, and polished.
    • Some people actually shave or grind down parts of their skates so that they can fit larger wheels.
    1.3to grind sth into sth he ground the cigarette end into the carpet incrustó or aplastó la colilla en la alfombra to grind the faces of the poor into the dust [literary/literario] oprimir a los pobres 1.4 [Dentistry/Odontología] to grind one's teeth bruxar

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo (past tense & past participle/pasado y participio pasado ground)

  • 1 (move with friction) rechinar, chirriar* the wheels of bureaucracy grind very slowly las cosas de palacio van despacio the talks ground on for weeks las conversaciones continuaron a trancas y barrancas durante varias semanas to grind to a halt o standstill the truck ground to a halt el camión se detuvo con gran chirrido de frenos the negotiations have ground to a halt las negociaciones se han estancado, las negociaciones han llegado a un punto muerto
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    • Remember, the wheels of the justice system can grind very slowly, at least in the US.
    • The justice system grinds slowly and gets off to many a false start, but it ends up triumphant.
    • He can then grind slowly westwards, picking up centres as the rest fight amongst themselves.


  • 1.1 (drudgery) [colloquial/familiar] (no plural/sin plural) trabajo (masculine) pesado, rollo (masculine) [colloquial/familiar], paliza (feminine) [colloquial/familiar] back to the daily grind! ¡de vuelta al yugo! 1.2 (American English/inglés norteamericano) [colloquial/familiar] (over-conscientious worker) she's the office grind es la niña aplicada de la oficina [irónico] 1.3 (Irish) (private classes) clases (feminine plural) particulares

Phrasal verbs

grind down

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
1.1 (polish) pulir 1.2 (oppress) oprimir don't let them grind you down! ¡no te dejes avasallar!

grind out

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
[pejorative/peyorativo] tocar* ([ mecánicamente ])

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Did you know that the primary meaning of almuerzo is lunch? It is used only in this sense in most of Latin America. In Spain and Mexico, where comida is the usual word for lunch, almuerzo can also be a mid-morning snack.