train

noun (1)
\ ˈtrān \

Definition of train 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a connected line of railroad cars with or without a locomotive

b : an automotive tractor with one or more trailer units

2a : retinue, suite

b : a moving file of persons, vehicles, or animals

3a : an orderly succession a train of thought

b : order of occurrence leading to some result often used in the phrase in train this humiliating process had been in train for decades —Paul Fussell

c : accompanying or resultant circumstances : aftermath consequences the discovery will bring in its train

4 : a series of moving mechanical parts (such as gears) that transmit and modify motion a gear train

5 : a part of a gown that trails behind the wearer

6 : the vehicles, personnel, and sometimes animals that furnish supply, maintenance, and evacuation services to a combat unit

7 : a series of parts or elements that together constitute a system for producing a result and especially for carrying on a process (as of manufacture) automatically

8 : a line of combustible material laid to lead fire to a charge

train

verb
trained; training; trains

Definition of train (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to teach so as to make fit, qualified, or proficient

b : to form by instruction, discipline, or drill

2 : to make prepared (as by exercise) for a test of skill

3 : to direct the growth of (a plant) usually by bending, pruning, and tying

4 : to aim at an object or objective : direct trained his camera on the deer training every effort toward success

5 : trail, drag

intransitive verb

1 : to undergo instruction, discipline, or drill

2 : to go by train

train

noun (2)

Definition of train (Entry 3 of 3)

obsolete

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Other words from train

Noun (1)

trainful \ˈtrān-ˌfu̇l \ noun

Verb

trainability \ˌtrā-nə-ˈbi-lə-tē \ noun
trainable \ˈtrā-nə-bəl \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for train

Synonyms: Verb

condition, season

Antonyms: Verb

decondition

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Verb

teach, instruct, educate, train, discipline, school mean to cause to acquire knowledge or skill. teach applies to any manner of imparting information or skill so that others may learn. taught us a lot about our planet instruct suggests methodical or formal teaching. instructs raw recruits in military drill educate implies development of the mind. more things than formal schooling serve to educate a person train stresses instruction and drill with a specific end in view. trained foreign pilots to operate the new aircraft discipline implies training in habits of order and precision. a disciplined mind school implies training or disciplining especially in what is hard to master. schooled the horse in five gaits

Examples of train in a Sentence

Verb

He was never formally trained as a chef. I've been trained in first aid. I'm training her to take over my job when I retire. My boss is training me on the new equipment. We need to train more nurses. They are highly trained professionals. I'm training to be a nurse. I trained at that hospital. He's training as a chef. She had to train her mind to think scientifically.
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First Known Use of train

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 5

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for train

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from trainer to draw, drag

Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French trainer, from Vulgar Latin *traginare; akin to Latin trahere to draw

Noun (2)

Middle English traine treachery, from Anglo-French, from trahir to betray, from Latin tradere — more at traitor

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train

verb

English Language Learners Definition of train

: to teach (someone) the skills needed to do something (such as a job) : to give instruction to (someone)

: to be taught the skills needed to do something (such as a job)

: to cause (someone or something) to develop an ability or skill

train

noun
\ ˈtrān \

Kids Definition of train

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a connected series of railway cars usually hauled by a locomotive

2 : a part of a gown that trails behind the wearer

3 : a connected series train of thought a train of events

4 : a moving line of persons, vehicles, or animals a wagon train

5 : the followers of an important person

train

verb
trained; training

Kids Definition of train (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to give or receive instruction, discipline, or drill

2 : to teach in an art, profession, or trade I was never formally trained as a chef.

3 : to make ready (as by exercise) for a test of skill He's training for the race.

4 : to teach (an animal) to obey

5 : to make (a plant) grow in a particular way usually by bending, trimming, or tying

6 : to aim something at a target We trained our eyes on the horizon.

Other words from train

trainer noun

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