re·​train | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈtrān How to pronounce retrain (audio) \
retrained; retraining; retrains

Definition of retrain

transitive verb

: to train again or anew

intransitive verb

: to become trained again

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retrainable \ (ˌ)rē-​ˈtrā-​nə-​bəl How to pronounce retrainable (audio) \ adjective

Examples of retrain in a Sentence

The organization retrains people who have lost their jobs. He is retraining for another job. He retrained as a mechanic.
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Recent Examples on the Web Tech companies have been scrambling to retrain their algorithms to cope with people wearing masks. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "George Floyd protests, coronavirus face masks pose challenges for facial recognition," 15 June 2020 The health department retrained all its Spanish-speaking employees to trace contacts among Rantoul’s heavily immigrant workforce. USA Today, "Cheap chicken, beef came at a cost. How American meat plants bred coronavirus hot spots.," 22 May 2020 When the coronavirus pandemic emerged, they were rapidly retrained to look out for COVID-19 cases. Caroline Chen, ProPublica, "You Don’t Need Invasive Tech for Successful Contact Tracing. Here’s How It Works.," 19 May 2020 For companies in the business of retraining workers, coronavirus is actually a business opportunity. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Bay Briefing: How 20,000 people will become pandemic detectives," 13 May 2020 Now a few more challenges lie ahead for him and other restaurant owners in Indiana: adjusting to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, retraining staff and keeping customers and workers safe. Natalia E. Contreras, Indianapolis Star, "'It's a new ballgame': Owners and customers are adjusting as restaurants begin to reopen," 12 May 2020 Executives have to retrain staff and change processes, such as wrapping up food that’s served and putting space between customers. Kelly Gilblom,, "Alamo Drafthouse Creates Home-Video Option With Theaters Shut," 10 May 2020 Managers will be retrained on their responsibilities and the agency will review its policies regarding working from home. oregonlive, "Portland Parks Bureau allowed retired golf director to make an extra $26,000, go unsupervised, auditor says," 19 Feb. 2020 Many of their employees had to learn new jobs and retrain on the fly, such as David Davila, 32, a supply chain coordinator who now spends his shifts doing data entry. Los Angeles Times, "Column: This isn’t just a fight against a virus. It’s a fight for communities, neighborhoods and people," 6 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of retrain

1856, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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19 Jun 2020

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“Retrain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of retrain

: to teach (someone) new skills : to train (someone) again
: to learn new skills especially for a different job

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