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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The government has never been a good trainer of job seekers and has had even less success retraining people for new industries. WSJ, "We Need Employer-Based Training for Job Positions," 19 July 2018 There’s an immersive 3D treadmill environment the size of a swimming pool that can retrain motion sensitivity and visual integration. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Heroes of Science Who Are Unlocking the Brain," 3 Oct. 2018 Workers retired, retrained for careers in energy and other sectors, or were immigrants who returned to their home countries. Laura Kusisto, WSJ, "Young People Don’t Want Construction Jobs. That’s a Problem for the Housing Market.," 31 July 2018 The other night we were asked about retraining for individuals in disappearing industries. Holly Otterbein,, "We asked congressional hopeful Ashley Lunkenheimer about her family-funded super PAC, Trump and more | #PA5," 11 May 2018 Eleven Milwaukee police officers will be disciplined or retrained as a result of their interaction with Brown. Jesse Garza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Commission calls for Milwaukee Police Department audit of Sterling Brown tasing incident," 7 June 2018 Moving one of the two tendons that bend the middle finger of his injured hand to the index finger won’t harm the former, Davis said, but could require retraining the latter. Meredith Cohn, Washington Post, "After being shot, Baltimore police officer spends four years recovering in hope of returning to duty," 7 Apr. 2018 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

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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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