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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web For Martin Renteria, who is working on a software engineering apprenticeship at Verizon remotely from Bellevue, Washington, the Multiverse program offered the opportunity to retrain after working as a youth counselor. Iain Martin, Forbes, 8 June 2022 Combined, these foundational steps can help leaders unlearn poor habits and retrain the brain to default to an inclusive lens. Kelsey Griffis, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2022 The design teams can then modify the graph and retrain the system. David A. Teich, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 Rezai also indicated that governments were probably best positioned to run the sorts of programs needed to help the human capital—experienced workers in industries that would be going away—to retrain for new careers. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 10 May 2022 The city of Moscow is trying to get ahead of the potential problem of unemployment with a program to retrain and hire people who used to work at Western companies, many of which have suspended or stopped business operations in Russia. Clare Sebastian, CNN, 22 Apr. 2022 Automakers are spending tens of billions of dollars to retool plants and are rushing to retrain workers for what may be the industry’s greatest transformation since Henry Ford revolutionized manufacturing with the moving assembly line in 1913. New York Times, 18 Apr. 2022 For those with milder forms of aphasia, treatment can be restorative, using speech therapy to retrain the brain to recognize words and speak and write. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 30 Mar. 2022 What separates the successful from the almost successful is the ability to retrain the brain from shame and blame to encouragement and self-love. Roberta Moore, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2022 See More

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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 15 Aug. 2022.

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