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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Recent Examples on the Web Calls for more tangible direct action, such as large-scale direct investments into inner city communities or reparations for slavery, were ignored in favor of job training programs and small-scale hiring pushes at individual companies. Victor Luckerson, Wired, 5 Oct. 2021 Scalable training programs like micro-credentialing can offer a cost-effective way to maintain competitiveness and pivot to meet changing market demands. Mark C. Perna, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2021 Nonprofits, development groups, and factory owners are tackling this imbalance by offering training programs for women. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Oct. 2021 The Cardinals have partnered with Dignity Health and the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) to provide a $50,000 grant for AIA member high schools across the state to access for their athletic training programs. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 30 Sep. 2021 Policymakers in Wisconsin have proposed funneling some pandemic relief funds into job training programs, but unless educational outcomes also change, the shortage of workers for high-demand, high-skill jobs will persist into the future. Ashley Luthern,, 29 Sep. 2021 In general, the purpose is to save for when a child enters college or other training programs after high school. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 Sep. 2021 The order includes not only regular employees of those facilities, but also consultants, contractors, volunteers and students in training programs or who are affiliated with academic institutions. Jenna Carlesso,, 29 Sep. 2021 Inspired by the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s, the Climate Corps would put people to work in short-term jobs or training programs that would focus on renewable technology and building resilience against the climate crisis. Rachel Ramirez And Ella Nilsen, CNN, 28 Sep. 2021

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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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9 Oct 2021

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“Training.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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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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