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

transitive verb

: to train again or anew

intransitive verb

: to become trained again
retrainable 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.
Recent Examples on the Web If a department is considering downsizing, what about taking the opportunity to reskill or retrain those workers to fill other more in-demand roles elsewhere in the organization? Expert Panel®, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 While engineers, like those in IT, should be able to transition to other industries, engineers working directly on fossil fuels will possibly need to be retrained to work in renewable energy or other areas. IEEE Spectrum, 12 Feb. 2024 As things stand now, the equivalent of takedown notices would require (very expensive) retraining in every instance. Gary Marcus, IEEE Spectrum, 6 Jan. 2024 The Biden administration is considering plans to reactivate what is left of the deactivated but still present-on-paper PA security forces in Gaza, perhaps retraining around 1,000 of them as the nucleus of a larger future force. Daniel Byman, Foreign Affairs, 4 Jan. 2024 If there was a parts supplier in the nation that could help with the war effort, Knudsen directed resources to retool it and retrain its workforce. Daniel Foster, National Review, 30 Nov. 2023 Edelman recommends employers prioritize retraining employees and communicating these changes as simply and clearly as possible. Paige McGlauflin, Fortune, 16 Jan. 2024 What if the best way to treat your chronic back pain is by retraining your brain? Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, 21 Dec. 2023 To provide security in the Gaza Strip in the medium and long term, U.S. officials have proposed retraining members of the Palestinian Authority’s security forces. Edward Wong, New York Times, 8 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of retrain was in 1856

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“Retrain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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re·​train rē-ˈtrān How to pronounce retrain (audio)
: to train again or anew
: to become retrained
retrainable adjective

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