Synonyms of train

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1 a body of employees or servants who accompany and wait on a person
  • a movie star who never goes anywhere without a train of personal assistants to cater to his every whim and need

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2 a group of vehicles traveling together or under one management
  • a train of supply trucks making its way to the army encampment

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3 a series of persons or things arranged one behind another
  • already a long train of ticket buyers waiting outside the stadium

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4 a series of things linked together
  • you've broken my train of thought—now what were we talking about?

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Synonyms & Antonyms of train (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to bring to a proper or desired state of fitness
  • has been training track-and-field athletes at the school for years

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  • decondition
2 to cause to acquire knowledge or skill in some field
  • will train the students in good study habits

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3 to fix (as one's attention) steadily toward a central objective
  • train all your thoughts on imagining how you'd score the winning goal in the game

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4 to point or turn (something) toward a target or goal
  • trained his eyes on the distant bull's-eye

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5 to make competent (as by training, skill, or ability) for a particular office or function
  • he's so experienced that they usually use him to train new recruits

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Frequently Asked Questions About train

How is the word train different from other verbs like it?

Some common synonyms of train are discipline, educate, instruct, school, and teach. While all these words mean "to cause to acquire knowledge or skill," train stresses instruction and drill with a specific end in view.

trained foreign pilots to operate the new aircraft

When is discipline a more appropriate choice than train?

While the synonyms discipline and train are close in meaning, discipline implies training in habits of order and precision.

a disciplined mind

When could educate be used to replace train?

In some situations, the words educate and train are roughly equivalent. However, educate implies development of the mind.

more things than formal schooling serve to educate a person

When is it sensible to use instruct instead of train?

The synonyms instruct and train are sometimes interchangeable, but instruct suggests methodical or formal teaching.

instructs raw recruits in military drill

Where would school be a reasonable alternative to train?

While in some cases nearly identical to train, school implies training or disciplining especially in what is hard to master.

schooled the horse in five gaits

When might teach be a better fit than train?

Although the words teach and train have much in common, teach applies to any manner of imparting information or skill so that others may learn.

taught us a lot about our planet

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The first known use of train was in the 14th century

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“Train.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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