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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Even companies that invest in employee training expect workers to figure out their future career path, and some want workers to retrain themselves on their own time and dime. ... Lauren Weber, WSJ, "‘I’m Still Under Construction’; Six Tales of Lifelong Learning," 27 Feb. 2019 These crises led hospitals and doctors, with government support, to retrain and restructure so they were properly built to handle any patients that came in with potential problems related to these diseases. German Lopez, Vox, "Trump just signed a bipartisan bill to confront the opioid epidemic," 24 Oct. 2018 In Wisconsin, the company has offered to retrain assembly line workers as welders and recruited dozens of veterans who spent time in combat in the company’s trucks, said Don Bent, vice president of operations at Oshkosh Defense. Doug Cameron, WSJ, "Defense Companies Hunt for Scarce Skilled Workers," 28 Dec. 2018 And then there needs to be retraining and incentives put in place so the migration can happen. Eric Johnson, Recode, "If they don’t want to lose their jobs to a machine, doctors will need to become compassionate ‘human connectors’," 17 Sep. 2018 The fourth major development is that the pathway to retraining these days almost always runs through a college campus. Jeffrey Selingo, The Atlantic, "The False Promises of Worker Retraining," 8 Jan. 2018 But conductors would lose jobs and need to retrain and possibly join a different labor union. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "HQ2 is a perfect opportunity to massively upgrade the DC area’s commuter rail," 17 Nov. 2018 Yet the lion’s share of federal dollars pays for retraining programs in traditionally male industries. The Voorhes, Glamour, "I'm a Woman in a Battleground State. Here's What Politicians Don't Understand About Me.," 21 Aug. 2018 But the other changes, those designed to help cushion the blow like retraining programs, haven’t been put into place yet, leaving workers vulnerable to a coming wave of downsizing. Liz Alderman, New York Times, "French Companies Have Newfound Freedom … to Fire," 23 Jan. 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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