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 escalation inherently means greater risks to American troops, whose main job is training and advising Afghan forces. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "‘I Think I’ve Been Shot’: Nighttime Raid in Afghanistan Reveals New U.S. Strategy," 5 Dec. 2018 Part of the solution to potential bias is better training that helps cops acknowledge and deal with their potential prejudices. German Lopez, Vox, "After a mall shooting, police killed the wrong person — and the real shooter remains at large," 26 Nov. 2018 And later in the week, William will visit 1st Battalion the Irish Guards Battlegroup who are training in Kenya, before returning to the U.K. and his three adoring children. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Why Kate Middleton Is Particularly Jealous of Prince William's Trip to Namibia," 25 Sep. 2018 Since the age of 11, Younes was training as a boxer, but he was approached by a model scout in 2011. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About Kourtney Kardashian's Boyfriend Younes Bendjima," 18 July 2018 Even with with minimal training sessions on how to operate them torso drone control proved instinctual. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "For Flying Drones, Your Torso Might Be the Ultimate Joystick," 17 July 2018 Rookies report to training camp on Wednesday with veterans reporting a week later on July 25. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "What would Miami Dolphins-themed soccer kits look like? Here’s a look," 13 July 2018 That’s a contrast with competitors Oculus and Sony, which have portrayed their VR headsets as mass-market entertainment devices — although Oculus also provides headsets to companies like Walmart for training and other uses. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "HTC’s China-exclusive Vive Focus VR headset is now launching worldwide," 8 Nov. 2018 Through fair wages, training and personal development initiatives the brand is able to foster and support their employees. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sustainable Brand Outland Denim Feels the Meghan Markle Effect," 29 Oct. 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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