train·​ee | \ trā-ˈnē \

Definition of trainee

: one that is being trained especially for a job

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Other Words from trainee

traineeship \ trā-​ˈnē-​ˌship \ noun

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The other deputy’s partner, a patrol trainee, saw the altercation and fired several rounds. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Los Angeles deputy wounded, 1 person dead in shootout," 25 Sep. 2018 Photo: Steve Remich for The Wall Street Journal Results for the first group of trainees, who finished last month, are mixed. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "New York City Cafe Serves Up a Career Lifeline," 28 Aug. 2018 Plenty, though, are complete novices like Singh, who on the morning of a late May day is rolling around a ring alongside three other trainees, all foreigners like him, under the watchful eye of former wrestler Norman Smiley. Jon Tayler,, "Million Dollar Moves: After His Unlikely Baseball Career Flamed Out, Rinku Singh's Next Stop Is WWE," 3 July 2018 Each strike team typically consists of five engines with four crew members per engine, a strike team leader and a strike team leader trainee, Vestal said. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "Northern California wildfires roundup: Latest details, map," 25 June 2018 Conspiracy theorists, haters and even a rival owner have pointed to Restoring Hope, a fellow Baffert trainee who finished Saturday 38 ¾ lengths back, as running interference to help Justify earn the final jewel in the Triple Crown. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "Did Justify have help from another horse at Belmont? That's nonsense," 11 June 2018 Through the partnership, JARC clients work at the partner businesses as trainees, completing tasks ranging from chopping food items at restaurants to folding napkins and completing janitorial tasks. Marvin Glassman, Jewish Journal, "$300,000 grant funds JARC's Community Works Program," 10 May 2018 Downbytheseaside, another Brown trainee, is the Milstein's 9-2 second choice from the No. Dennis Manoloff,, "Kentucky Derby 2018: Post positions for Triple Crown race at Churchill Downs," 1 May 2018 And many medical residency programs still see their trainees as at-will employees rather than as highly talented assets in the most impressionable stages of their careers, employees who require a significant investment of resources to develop fully. Timothy J. Hoff, STAT, "Medical training programs need to care about physician burnout. Should the rest of us?," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of trainee

1841, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of trainee

: a person who is being trained for a job

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