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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Phillips moved into the starting spot after Derwin James had surgery for a stress fracture in his right foot midway through training camp., "Frank Reich reaffirms Colts' commitment to Adam Vinatieri," 17 Sep. 2019 Beckham didn’t play at all in the preseason and was held out of a large amount of team work during training camp. Dan Labbe,, "The Browns offense is struggling, but there’s still a lot of upside," 17 Sep. 2019 In the first weekend of training camp, there is a hectic and high-paced quality attached to almost every drill. Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: Has Kenley Jansen finally found his groove?," 17 Sep. 2019 The Knicks could have a spot open on their 20-player training camp roster, and in need of a big man, the 7-foot-3 former Husky could get the invitation. Dom Amore,, "Report: UConn’s Hasheem Thabeet, eyeing NBA comeback, working out with Knicks," 16 Sep. 2019 Hodges spent the offseason program, training camp and preseason with Pittsburgh. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Devlin Hodges takes Ben Roethlisberger’s place on Steelers’ roster," 16 Sep. 2019 A few days into training camp, Wilkins started feeling like his leg was a little tender. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Back early from surgery, Colts RB Jordan Wilkins breaks open win over Titans in home state," 16 Sep. 2019 Andrews’ connection with Jackson dates to last summer, when the two rookies began developing a rapport in training camp and preseason games with the second- and third-team units. Daniel Oyefusi,, "Ravens’ Mark Andrews, Marquise Brown emerging as go-to receivers for QB Lamar Jackson," 15 Sep. 2019 With Prescott slinging the football all over the field, the Cowboys didn’t need much from star running back Ezekiel Elliott, who sat out training camp and the preseason and played just four days after signing a big-money contract extension. oregonlive, "Dallas Cowboys roll past Washington: Recap, score, stats and more," 15 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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