de·​train (ˌ)dē-ˈtrān How to pronounce detrain (audio)
detrained; detraining; detrains

intransitive verb

: to get off a railroad train

transitive verb

: to remove from a railroad train
detrainment noun

Examples of detrain in a Sentence

They were the first passengers to detrain.
Recent Examples on the Web Passengers were told to detrain before bomb squad members boarded and searched the train. Lisa Respers France, CNN, 10 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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The first known use of detrain was in 1881

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“Detrain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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