cross-trained; cross-training; cross-trains

intransitive verb

: to engage in various sports or exercises especially for well-rounded health and muscular development

transitive verb

: to train (an employee) to do more than one specific job
cross-training noun

Examples of cross-train in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At Lita, every team member is cross-trained to perform FOH and BOH roles, rotating weekly positions. Stephanie Gravalese, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 Now the Buckeyes are deep enough at corner that Hancock cross-trained at nickel safety. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 12 Sep. 2023 Owners are cross-trained in sales for both companies, and the few employees of the businesses will soon be cross-trained as well. Thomas Goodwin Smith, Baltimore Sun, 4 Sep. 2023 Places like community health centers or primary care physicians can be cross-trained to help identify issues and connect people to care, and provide additional care if needed as well. Alice Park, Time, 18 July 2023 Four operational choices: focus and simplify; standardize and empower; cross-train; and operate with slack. Anna Oakes, Quartz, 6 June 2023 Firefighters and paramedics would then be cross-trained to make care more efficient and response times faster. Omari Daniels, Washington Post, 1 June 2023 This indicates a failure to establish standards, set expectations or even cross-train critical functions. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 5 May 2023 Others cross-train their linemen so they can be moved around in case of an emergency. Jeff Potrykus, Journal Sentinel, 21 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1958, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of cross-train was in 1958

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Cite this Entry

“Cross-train.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: to engage in various sports or exercises especially for well-rounded health and muscular development
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