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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Still under federal ownership, the building was saved when a proposal to turn it into a federal courthouse was accepted in 1972, with the former exhibit building behind it re-purposed as a federal training center. Paula Allen,, "Preservation progress is slow for ‘controversial’ film at San Antonio’s HemisFair ’68," 6 July 2019 Williamson will continue taking part in training and conditioning with the Pelicans' performance team. Tim Reynolds, Houston Chronicle, "Zion Williamson out for summer league with bruised knee," 6 July 2019 Froome was out on a training ride at one of the main Tour warmup events, the Criterium du Dauphine, when the freak accident happened last month. Paul Gittings, CNN, "An ill wind blows the battle for yellow at the Tour de France wide open," 5 July 2019 Their hope, the suit says, is that the state police will improve training and supervision to prevent similar conduct in the future. Jeff Gammage, ProPublica, "ACLU Sues Pennsylvania State Police, Alleging They’ve Overstepped in Acting as Immigration Authorities," 5 July 2019 Studies also show that skills-training and higher education are needed to increase access to higher-level jobs. Christie Marchese,, "When They See Us: What You Can Do About Mass Incarceration," 5 July 2019 Deloitte also agreed to pay £300,000 toward the costs of the investigation and have all audit staff undergo training aimed at improving the conduct of the team. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "U.K. Regulator Fines Deloitte Over Audit of Outsourcing Company Unit," 5 July 2019 During Patriot’s two-year training period, the trainer fell in love with him. Bruce Jenkins,, "Giants announcer Mike Krukow leans on his service dog, Patriot, for support," 5 July 2019 Bhagavatula says, adding that there’s a need for more high-quality training institutions to set shop in Africa. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "Top American universities are doubling down on their presence across Africa," 5 July 2019

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First Known Use of training

1537, 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 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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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