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"Diseñar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to design", and "dibujar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to draw". Learn more about the difference between "diseñar" and "dibujar" below.
diseñar(
dee
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seh
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nyahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to make a plan or drawing)
a. to design
Tim diseñó el nuevo letrero para nuestro restaurante.Tim designed the new sign for our restaurant.
b. to draw
Toni diseñó una nueva colección para su línea de zapatos.Toni drew a new collection for her line of shoes.
c. to sketch
El arquitecto diseñó el concepto del desarrollo habitacional.The architect sketched the concept for the housing development.
d. to plan
El ingeniero civil diseñó el sistema de soporte del puente.The civil engineer planned the bridge's support system.
2. (to describe)
a. to outline
Barney diseñó el plan para ganar la elección.Barney outlined the plan to win the election.
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dibujar(
dee
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boo
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hahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to produce an image)
a. to draw
El artista dibujó la silueta de la mujer detrás de la cortina.The artist drew the silhouette of the woman behind the curtain.
b. to sketch
El testigo dibujó un retrato del ladrón para que la policía pudiera identificarlo.The witness sketched a portrait of the robber so that police could identify him.
dibujarse
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
2. (to be outlined)
a. to appear
El perro se dibujó en el pasillo oscuro. The dog appeared in the dark hallway.
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