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verb train pronunciation in American English /treɪn/
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present tense
present participletraining
past tensetrained
past participletrained
  1. 1



    train up

    [transitive] to teach someone to do a particular job or activity
    We need to recruit and train more police officers.
    train to do something: I have an uncle who trained to be a pilot.
    train someone to do something: They were training him to use the new security system.
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    1. a.
      [intransitive] to learn how to do a particular job or activity
      train as: He trained as a chef in Paris.
    2. b.
      [intransitive] to study something such as painting, dancing, or singing for a long time
      train in: Stephanie has trained in both dance and drama.
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  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to make your mind or body do something by practicing for a long time
    You have to train yourself to stay calm.
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  3. 3
    [intransitive] to practice a sport regularly before a game or competition
    The wrestlers train five days a week.
    train for: The ski team will move to Colorado in the fall to train for the World Championships.
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    1. a.
      [transitive] to help someone to practice a sport regularly before a game or competition
      Ward has already trained four Olympic skaters.
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  4. 4
    [transitive] to teach an animal to obey you or to perform tricks
    train something to do something: I want to train my dog to roll over.
  5. 5
    [transitive] if you train a gun, camera, or light on someone or something, you point it at them
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    [transitive] to make a plant grow in a particular direction
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