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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Synonyms for training


drill, exercise, practice (also practise), routine, workout

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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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When the Dolphins put him at strong safety during training camp, his mother, Melissa, complained on Twitter that he was being asked to play out of position., "Minkah Fitzpatrick," 14 Sep. 2019 Elliott sat out all of training camp before signing the richest deal ever for a running back – six years and $90 million – on the eve of the season. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson may benefit from Melvin Gordon contract holdout," 13 Sep. 2019 As Sergei Bobrovsky hit the ice for the first day of training camp, so began a new era in net for the Florida Panthers. Wells Dusenbury,, "Changing of the guard — All-Star goalie Sergei Bobrovsky on display as Florida Panthers open training camp," 13 Sep. 2019 When Derrick White, who began Team USA’s training camp on the select practice squad, dominated a scrimmage against the starters in Las Vegas last month, Spurs fans saw that development as encouraging. Mike Finger,, "A year from now, will Popovich find different Team USA ending?," 12 Sep. 2019 Here’s a look at the Blazers’ training camp roster: No. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers sign 3 players, finalize training camp roster," 12 Sep. 2019 Now, with several training sessions back together, Harris said the Pride feel more comfortable together. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando Pride prepares for quick turnaround ahead of rematch with Chicago Red Stars," 12 Sep. 2019 Burning bridges — and feet As if the helmet drama wasn’t enough, one of the main reasons Brown missed preseason training camp with the Raiders was even stranger: frostbitten feet. Rachel Desantis,, "What to Know About Antonio Brown Following Rape Allegation, His Trade to the Patriots," 11 Sep. 2019 Martz gave him a fresh role, too, working him exclusively at wide receiver in training camp and through two games. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Rivers rolls on for Chargers while young AFC QBs nurse injuries," 9 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of training

1537, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of training was in 1537

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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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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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