train·​ing | \ˈtrā-niŋ \

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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The collection starts with the couple's firsthand account of opening Bestia, memories of their training (or lack thereof), and why Italian food captured their hearts and tastebuds. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Be Ambitious This Thanksgiving: 3 Bold Recipes From One of L.A.’s Most Talked About Restaurants," 2 Nov. 2018 Redbook: Does your medical training have an impact on your gun legislation efforts? Kaitlin Menza, Redbook, "Everything You Need to Know Before Voting in the Midterm Elections," 10 Oct. 2018 Going pro took my athletic training to a whole new level. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Read Andrea Constand's Powerful Impact Statement About Bill Cosby," 25 Sep. 2018 The Magic invited him to training camp but waived him in October before Lakeland added him. Dave Clark,, "Troy Caupain fills another NBA Summer League stat sheet for Orlando Magic," 13 July 2018 Jeanette, after her training, WWII broke out and Jeanette served in the United States Army, ranked 1st Lieutenant., "Jeanette E. Bailey," 12 July 2018 Because of his vocal training, his voice could still fill the room. Mick Lasalle,, "Robin Williams gets his just due in documentary ‘Come Inside My Mind’," 11 July 2018 In the climbing world, there’s no shortage of options for planning your training. Ula Chrobak, Outside Online, "Climber Eva López Has a PhD in Finger Strength," 9 July 2018 There were so many more aspects to prepare for than your usual training. Mike Preston,, "Preston: Todd Heap looks forward to Ravens' new look at tight end with Hayden Hurst, Mark Andrews," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of training

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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 \

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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