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verb train pronunciation in American English /treɪn/
Word Forms
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.

    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.

  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.

  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.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to help someone to practice a sport regularly before a game or competition

      Ward has already trained four Olympic skaters.

  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.


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