train


1train

noun \ˈtrān\

Definition of TRAIN

obsolete
:  scheme, trick

Origin of TRAIN

Middle English traine treachery, from Anglo-French, from trahir to betray, from Latin tradere — more at traitor
First Known Use: 14th century

2train

noun

Definition of TRAIN

1
:  a part of a gown that trails behind the wearer
2
a :  retinue, suite
b :  a moving file of persons, vehicles, or animals
3
:  the vehicles, personnel, and sometimes animals that furnish supply, maintenance, and evacuation services to a combat unit
4
a :  order of occurrence leading to some result —often used in the phrase in train <this humiliating process had been in train for decades — Paul Fussell>
b :  an orderly succession <a train of thought>
c :  accompanying or resultant circumstances :  aftermath <consequences the discovery will bring in its train>
5
:  a line of combustible material laid to lead fire to a charge
6
:  a series of moving mechanical parts (as gears) that transmit and modify motion <a gear train>
7
a :  a connected line of railroad cars with or without a locomotive
b :  an automotive tractor with one or more trailer units
8
:  a series of parts or elements that together constitute a system for producing a result and especially for carrying on a process (as of manufacture) automatically
train·ful \ˈtrān-ˌfl\ noun

Origin of TRAIN

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from trainer to draw, drag
First Known Use: 14th century

3train

verb

: to teach (someone) the skills needed to do something (such as a job) : to give instruction to (someone)

: to be taught the skills needed to do something (such as a job)

: to cause (someone or something) to develop an ability or skill

Full Definition of TRAIN

transitive verb
1
:  trail, drag
2
:  to direct the growth of (a plant) usually by bending, pruning, and tying
3
a :  to form by instruction, discipline, or drill
b :  to teach so as to make fit, qualified, or proficient
4
:  to make prepared (as by exercise) for a test of skill
5
:  to aim at an object or objective :  direct <trained his camera on the deer> <training every effort toward success>
intransitive verb
1
:  to undergo instruction, discipline, or drill
2
:  to go by train
train·abil·i·ty \ˌtrā-nə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
train·able \ˈtrā-nə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of TRAIN

  1. He was never formally trained as a chef.
  2. I've been trained in first aid.
  3. I'm training her to take over my job when I retire.
  4. My boss is training me on the new equipment.
  5. We need to train more nurses.
  6. They are highly trained professionals.
  7. I'm training to be a nurse.
  8. I trained at that hospital.
  9. He's training as a chef.
  10. She had to train her mind to think scientifically.

Origin of TRAIN

Middle English, from Anglo-French trainer, from Vulgar Latin *traginare; akin to Latin trahere to draw
First Known Use: 15th century

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