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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retrainable \ (ˌ)rē-​ˈtrā-​nə-​bəl How to pronounce retrainable (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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Faced with the choice of moving to a costly city for a low-paying job or spending years retraining while finding some way to pay the bills, many workers instead stay jobless in their own communities. Raghuram Rajan For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "We can't rely on national governments to save failing communities. It's time for a new approach," 18 June 2019 Women are much more likely to juggle work and family than men—specifically, doing three times more unpaid care work—and are therefore less mobile and able to spend time on, or get to, job interviews and retraining programs. Liz Hilton Segel, Fortune, "How to Stop Automation From Leaving Women Behind," 6 June 2019 The solution was retraining programs meant to help workers build skills in new industries. Eric Morath, WSJ, "Retraining Programs Fall Short for Some Workers," 30 Dec. 2018 Even with the fix approved, airlines will need time to retrain pilots before getting the planes off the ground again. Dallas News, "American Airlines CEO: Politics playing role in re-certification of Boeing 737 Max," 24 June 2019 Officers Jose Becerra, Vuong Truong and Stuart Donaldson were given letters of instruction and retrained on use of force, communication, report-writing and interviewing, Department of State Hospitals spokesman Ralph Montano wrote in an email. Sukey Lewis, The Mercury News, "Excessive use of force by police chief’s son leads to arrest of patient at Napa State Hospital," 19 June 2019 Investigators believe both accidents were connected to software and sensors Boeing used to make the 737 Max similar enough to previous versions that pilots would not have to be retrained. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "Boeing CEO admits mistakes were made," 16 June 2019 The report says corrective action was required, including a directive that jail staff be retrained to stress the importance of proper well-being checks and proper documentation of well-being checks. Dave Olson, Twin Cities, "Minnesota inmate, 19, died from care so inadequate it shocks the conscience, lawsuit alleges," 3 June 2019 Many have launched retraining programs or allowed for slower retirement transitions to both attract and retain older workers. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "Madonna has a message about aging and work that you probably need to hear," 8 June 2019

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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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