train·​ing | \ ˈtrā-niŋ How to pronounce training (audio) \

Definition of training

1a : the act, process, or method of one that trains
b : the skill, knowledge, or experience acquired by one that trains
2 : the state of being trained

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Examples of training in a Sentence

The job requires special training. She owes her flexibility to her early training as a dancer. He received training in first aid. a young doctor who's still in training She's in training for the Olympics.
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First Known Use of training

1537, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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20 Oct 2020

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“Training.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of training

: a process by which someone is taught the skills that are needed for an art, profession, or job
: the process by which an athlete prepares for competition by exercising, practicing, etc.


train·​ing | \ ˈtrā-niŋ How to pronounce training (audio) \

Kids Definition of training

1 : the course followed by a person or animal who trains or is being trained
2 : the skill, knowledge, or experience acquired by a person or animal who has trained “You are just in time to put your training to use …”— Gail Carson Levine, Ella Enchanted

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