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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Other Words from retrain

retrainable \ (ˌ)rē-​ˈtrā-​nə-​bəl How to pronounce retrain (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 In recent years, China’s top leaders, including Premier Li, have emphasized the need to retrain factory or agricultural workers to work in higher-skilled sectors, but the magnitude of that challenge is daunting. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, 3 June 2021 The Soldotna Republican said money could be used to retrain unemployed workers, develop infrastructure and prepare the state for the next decade. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 23 Apr. 2021 The intervention can be used to retrain the algorithm controlling it. Will Knight, Wired, 20 Oct. 2020 That rehab place with all those smiling therapists who use those amazing machines to move your limbs and retrain your legs? Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, 23 May 2021 As part of its corrective plan with the state, the hospital agreed to retrain all of its nurses, focusing on proper restraint techniques., 16 May 2021 Allow employees to connect and engage with each other to retrain, exchange information, and accelerate processes to drive valuable outcomes. Forbes, 8 Apr. 2021 Particularly in an era in which COVID has made public spaces like libraries inaccessible, device access is critical for Americans looking to retrain or look for work. Scott Pulsipher, Forbes, 12 May 2021 The other key aspect is to retrain and reward the employees driving this innovation. Debarshi Chaudhury, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of retrain

1856, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Retrain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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