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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Recent Examples on the Web Such policies help retrain individuals for the new jobs and help them find new employment. K.n.c., The Economist, "If capitalism is broken, maybe it’s fixable," 8 July 2019 Some of the money also will go to retrain seven school marshals as resource officers, increasing the total number of SROs by 18. Meg Wingerter, The Denver Post, "Five new resource officers to be in place at Douglas County middle schools this fall," 24 July 2019 Amazon has already spent thousands of dollars on worker retraining in its Career Choice program, which helps hourly associates pay for degree programs in other, high-demand fields. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Amazon Pledges $700 Million to Teach Its Workers to Code," 11 July 2019 The good news is, the franchisee that owns the restaurant is investigating what happened and is ordering its employees retrained, according to Taco Bell's corporate public relations office in Irvine, California. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "A Louisville woman took the homeless to dinner at Taco Bell. They got tossed out instead," 12 Sep. 2019 The district will also retrain staff members and teachers on how to use Apex in a more uniform and tightly administered way. Anna Bauman,, "Oakland school district says it found ‘no evidence’ to back up grade inflation allegations," 5 Sep. 2019 Today's Headlines This morning, Amazon announced a $700 million initiative to retrain US employees for high-skill, mostly technical jobs over the next six years. Alex Baker-whitcomb, WIRED, "A $700 Million Amazon Pledge, Credit Card Hackers, and More News," 11 July 2019 Chief Bill Scott ordered Tiffe to be admonished for the lapse and retrained. Anna Bauman,, "The Scanner: Oakland schools under siege by tech bandits," 9 Sep. 2019 The school district has paid for sheriff’s deputies at the charter schools for the first 60 days of school so the schools will be covered as the guardians get retrained. Lois K. Solomon,, "'Scathing’ report: School guards got shoddy training," 21 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of retrain

1856, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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1 Nov 2019

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The first known use of retrain was in 1856

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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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