train·​er | \ ˈtrā-nər How to pronounce trainer (audio) \

Definition of trainer

1 : a person who trains someone or something: such as
a : one whose occupation is to guide or instruct people in fitness and exercise routines a personal trainer When we run the track, Stan Ward, a boxing and conditioning trainer, times us.— Bridgett Riley
b : one who oversees the training of animals a dog/horse trainer A trainer uses the clicker to create an auditory cue that marks a particular behavior and then rewards the dog with a treat.— C. C. Holland
2 : a person who treats the ailments and minor injuries of the members of an athletic team … he landed so hard that the wind was knocked out of him. He lay writhing on the ground as Herm Schneider, the team trainer, rushed to his side.— William Nack
3 : something (such as a machine or vehicle) used in training — see also elliptical trainer
4 chiefly British : sneaker sense 2 They wore trainers, scuffed and old, with the laces loose and the tongues protruding in defiance at the ankle.— M. J. Trow

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Examples of trainer in a Sentence

the boxer and his trainer She hired a personal trainer.
Recent Examples on the Web It is named for Ed Block, who was the head athletic trainer of the Baltimore Colts from 1954-1977. Nate Atkins, The Indianapolis Star, 21 Dec. 2021 Little, a former linebacker, and Donahue, a former offensive lineman, filed a lawsuit against the school in August 2019, naming Durkin, Court and former head athletic trainer Wes Robinson as defendants. Ryan Mcfadden,, 17 Dec. 2021 The award is given annually to a member of each of the 32 NFL teams who best exemplifies the qualities of Ed Block -- the former head athletic trainer of the Baltimore Colts -- based on courage, compassion, commitment and community. Dan Labbe, cleveland, 7 Dec. 2021 Dunn was part of a trade that landed her in Portland, where Soubrier works as the head athletic trainer. Benjamin Vanhoose,, 11 Nov. 2021 Cardenas, survived by a wife and two teenage children, was the head K-9 trainer for the Sheriff’s Office and had been Tango’s handler for about six years. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Nov. 2021 Head athletic trainer George Poulis and manager Brian Snitker came to the mound, and Morton walked back to the dugout with a slight limp. Chron, 27 Oct. 2021 Duvall was credited with a triple while Cain remain motionless on the field for a time as head athletic trainer Scott Barringer and manager Craig Counsell ran out. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Oct. 2021 The Detroit Lions made a rare in-season move to their training staff Friday, firing head athletic trainer Dave Granito. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 14 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of trainer

1543, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Jan 2022

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“Trainer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of trainer

: a person who teaches or coaches athletes or animals : a person who trains athletes or animals
: a person who treats the injuries of the members of a sports team

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