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 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 The judge also ordered the agency to retrain its investigators and pay $127,000 in sanctions to cover the Brights’ legal fees. NBC News, "CPS took their kids. Now, the agency says it found no evidence of abuse.," 11 Nov. 2019 Stone says the agency is streamlining its incident reporting office and retrain personnel on reporting urgent issues. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Report of ant infestation pushes VA to make changes," 17 Sep. 2019 The 29-year-old was offered the chance to retrain for a software-development job. Lauren Weber, WSJ, "Accenture Retrains Its Workers as Technology Upends Their Jobs," 23 June 2019 The Trump administration, on Monday, called on Turkey to stop the invasion and declare a cease-fire amid announcing sanctions aimed at retraining the Turks’ assault against Kurdish fighters. Fox News, "Russian military patrolling Syria-Turkey border as US troops officially withdraw," 15 Oct. 2019 Hang in there! -- Anonymous Excellent point on retraining others, thanks. Carolyn Hax, oregonlive, "Carolyn Hax: Setting ‘guilt-free’ boundaries takes practice," 14 Oct. 2019 Hang in there! — Anonymous Anonymous: Excellent point on retraining others, thanks. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax: The guilt that comes with setting firm boundaries," 13 Oct. 2019 Amazon grabbed headlines this summer with its commitment to retrain more than 100,000 workers. Michelle Weise, Quartz at Work, "Why are American companies so bad at re-skilling?," 1 Oct. 2019 Businesses laying the groundwork for disruptive operational change via automation, AI and other means must also prepare to retrain their workers and give them the technical skills needed for the company’s next generation of jobs. Harold Ford, Scientific American, "The Economic Imperative of Reforming STEM Education," 1 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of retrain

1856, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of retrain was in 1856

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29 Nov 2019

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“Retrain.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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