Train - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |treɪn|  American pronunciation of the word train
Brit.  |treɪn|  British pronunciation of the word train


- public transport provided by a line of railway cars coupled together and drawn by a locomotive
express trains don't stop at Princeton Junction
- a sequentially ordered set of things or events or ideas in which each successive member is related to the preceding (syn: string)
train of mourners
a train of thought
- a procession (of wagons or mules or camels) traveling together in single file (syn: caravan)
they joined the wagon train for safety
- a series of consequences wrought by an event
it led to a train of disasters
- piece of cloth forming the long back section of a gown that is drawn along the floor
the bride's train was carried by her two young nephews
- wheelwork consisting of a connected set of rotating gears by which force is transmitted or motion or torque is changed (syn: gear, gearing)
the fool got his tie caught in the geartrain


- create by training and teaching (syn: develop, educate, prepare)
The old master is training world-class violinists
- undergo training or instruction in preparation for a particular role, function, or profession (syn: prepare)
She is training to be a teacher
He trained as a legal aid
- develop (a child's or animal's) behavior by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control (syn: check, condition, discipline)
Is this dog trained?
- educate for a future role or function (syn: groom, prepare)
They trained him to be a warrior
- teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment (syn: civilize, cultivate, educate, school)
- point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards (syn: aim, direct, take)
He trained his gun on the burglar
Don't train your camera on the women
- teach and supervise (someone); act as a trainer or coach (to), as in sports (syn: coach)
He is training our Olympic team
- exercise in order to prepare for an event or competition
She is training for the Olympics
- cause to grow in a certain way by tying and pruning it
train the vine
- travel by rail or train (syn: rail)
She trained to Hamburg
- drag loosely along a surface; allow to sweep the ground (syn: trail)
She trained her long scarf behind her

Extra examples

He was never formally trained as a chef.

I've been trained in first aid.

I'm training her to take over my job when I retire.

My boss is training me on the new equipment.

We need to train more nurses.

They are highly trained professionals.

I'm training to be a nurse.

I trained at that hospital.

He's training as a chef.

She had to train her mind to think scientifically.

My uncle thought I'd better train to be a doctor.

We took a train to the city.

The train arrives / pulls in.

The train leaves / pulls out.

The train is off.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: train
he/she/it: trains
present participle: training
past tense: trained
past participle: trained
singular: train
plural: trains
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