re·train | \(ˌ)rē-ˈtrān \
retrained; retraining; retrains

Definition of retrain 

transitive verb

: to train again or anew

intransitive verb

: to become trained again

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Other Words from retrain

retrainable \(ˌ)rē-ˈtrā-nə-bəl \ 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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But one of the things that UTC is doing as a tech company to help develop more of its workforce is to retrain people who are already there to help them keep up with changing technology. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full video and transcript: U.S. Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon at Code 2018," 30 May 2018 Part of the reason is strong labor unions require retraining for workers when robots take over tasks. William Wilkes, WSJ, "How the World’s Biggest Companies Are Fine-Tuning the Robot Revolution," 14 May 2018 Cuba Libre executives apologized for the incident and said restaurant staff would be retrained. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Liberal hostility toward Trump aides could galvanize the GOP base," 25 June 2018 The failings of the TAA also meant the economy was deprived of willing workers who could not afford the time or expense to retrain for another skilled job. Michael Hicks, Indianapolis Star, "Hicks: Finally, a government answer to job losses caused by automation," 8 July 2018 Mesa must take concrete steps to ensure that culpable officers are disciplined, retrained, or dismissed. Charlie Lapastora, Fox News, "Arizona man who was punched by Mesa Police officers speaks out," 7 June 2018 The idea is that students who returned after looping out could use the time that remained to retrain for new careers later in life, whether in their 30s or 50s. Jeffrey Selingo, The Atlantic, "The Future of College Looks Like the Future of Retail," 16 Apr. 2018 Anaya has focused his solutions on retraining police and investing in better technology to track criminals. Ciara Nugent, Time, "Your Complete Guide to Mexico's 2018 Elections," 29 June 2018 However, bidding higher for talent only works for so long. Mastercard is retraining employees for more needed skills. Erik Sherman /, NBC News, "With more open jobs than available workers, who will fill the positions?," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of retrain

1856, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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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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