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.

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In his place, Johnathan Banks, a rising trainer who learned under the wing of Emanuel Steward, who is now charged with squeezing a few more years out of Golovkin’s Hall of Fame career. Chris Mannix,, "Gennadiy Golovkin Looks to Begin a New Era vs. Steve Rolls at MSG," 7 June 2019 Tacitus was made the 9-5 morning-line favorite for trainer Bill Mott and jockey Jose Ortiz. Tom Canavan,, "Tacitus favored in Belmont; Preakness winner 2nd choice," 5 June 2019 Robinson said his dad, a trainer, has helped him with his growth in sports. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Arizona State offers incoming Pinnacle freshman WR Duce Robinson before ever playing a tackle football game," 5 June 2019 Of Will is one of two entrants for trainer Mark Casse. John Cherwa,, "Tacitus, War Of Will early favorites after good draws for Belmont Stakes," 4 June 2019 Tacitus was made the 9-5 morning-line favorite for trainer Bill Mott and jockey Jose Ortiz. Tom Canavan, Houston Chronicle, "Tacitus favored in Belmont over Preakness winner Will of War," 4 June 2019 Luinstra’s father, Brian Luinstra, was a trainer at Oklahoma State and was one of 10 individuals who died in the Jan. 27, 2001 men’s basketball plane crash. Gary Bedore, kansascity, "Walk-on guard Garrett Luinstra to leave KU basketball team after one season," 4 June 2019 Arfi, 37, is the owner and a personal trainer at The Boxing Theory Gym at 161 Constitution Drive in Menlo Park. Maggie Angst, The Mercury News, "Menlo Park personal trainer and gym owner arrested for sexually assaulting minor client," 4 June 2019 Kim's trainer, Melissa Alcantara, known as @fitgurlmel on Instagram, responded to claims that the reality star's waist looked unnatural. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian's Personal Trainer Hits Back at Criticism of Her Tiny Waist," 7 May 2019

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First Known Use of trainer

1543, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of trainer was in 1543

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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
US : a person who treats the injuries of the members of a sports team

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