- 1 [with object] Teach (a person or animal) a particular skill or type of behavior through practice and instruction over a period of time: the plan trains people for promotion [with object and infinitive]: the dogs are trained to sniff out illegal stowawaysMore example sentences
- My mother was well trained in housekeeping skills.
- Under the project, women are trained in business skills, accounting, marketing and forging links with commercial banks.
- Security staff were trained in effective communication skills.
- 1.1 [no object] Be taught through practice and instruction: he trained as a classicist
- 1.2 (usually as adjective trained) Cause (a mental or physical faculty) to be sharp, discerning, or developed as a result of instruction or practice: an alert mind and trained eye give astute evaluationsMore example sentences
- Thus it is in daily life, one's mind and body be trained and developed in a spirit of humility; and that in critical times, one be devoted utterly to the cause of justice.
- The three people gathered around the monolith had come to this conclusion, not only by use of their highly trained intellects, but also by dint of reading the small label on the back.
- Cartier-Bresson gave it his eye and mind trained by the cubist painter Andre Lhote, and his experience as a hunter in Africa.
- 1.3Cause (a plant) to grow in a particular direction or into a required shape: they trained roses over their housesMore example sentences
- Not only that, when you train the shrub to grow into a single stem tree, you can end up with some very interesting plants.
- Young trees are generally trained to an open centre or vase shape as this allows even ripening of fruit and good air circulation, which helps prevent disease.
- Standards are plants that have been trained to grow in a tree-like form.
- 1.4 [no object] Undertake a course of exercise and diet in order to reach or maintain a high level of physical fitness, typically in preparation for participating in a specific sport or event: she trains three times a weekMore example sentences
- They train, reach a peak of physical fitness and then, one day, for no obvious reason, they're unable to perform properly.
- When professional rugby union began, there were still many genuine amateurs, most notably in the heartland Olympic sports, who trained harder.
- Sport is about competing to see who is the best and athletes have to train hard to reach the top.
- 1.5Cause to undertake a course of physical exercise: the horse was trained in ParisMore example sentences
- Was there a sense that someone might have a stable of gladiators that he's trained up in order to go into contest?
- The philosophy is it's easier to train an athlete to perform pit stops than it is to turn a mechanic into a top-tier athlete.
- Players are trained to dive and manipulate refs to get decisions there way.
- 1.6 [no object] (train down) Reduce one’s weight through diet and exercise in order to be fit for a particular event: he trained down to middleweightMore example sentences
- He trains down to make the 175 limit for his ‘defenses‘but comes into the ring in the 180s.
- I was a Big Ten wrestling champion at the University of Chicago and I had to train down, so I know it pretty well.
- Anyway, they inspire indolent ladies to train down and to diet and do sundry other things in the pursuit of slenderness.
- 2 [with object] (train something on) Point or aim something, typically a gun or camera, at: the detective trained his gun on the side doorMore example sentences
- For instance, when an area is hit by natural disaster, the cameramen will quickly train their cameras on local leaders who give directions regarding the rescue and relief efforts.
- As a journalist, Khan was used to training the camera on others.
- In an excellent piece of journalism, the camera crew just trained their camera on the serviceman, as he stood on the beach, tears running down his cheeks.
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- 1A series of railroad cars moved as a unit by a locomotive or by integral motors: a freight train the journey took two hours by trainMore example sentences
- On Sunday and Monday the railway will run additional trains using locomotives and coaches shown in the film, including the Green Dragon No.957.
- There has also been a considerable investment in commuter trains and light railway rapid-transit systems to ease congestion on roads and pollution.
- In fact, there will be no more locomotives pulling the train because each carriage has its own engine.
- 2A succession of vehicles or pack animals traveling in the same direction: a camel trainMore example sentences
- He established guards for his artillery trains and directed that a liaison orderly be sent from each battery to brigade headquarters.
- No amount of imperial bluster, disciplined armies or powerful artillery trains could impress these hardened tribes.
- Action must be taken quickly to get smaller off-road vehicles or mule trains ready to distribute food before the snows fall.
- 2.1A retinue of attendants accompanying an important person.More example sentences
- A man dressed like an aristocrat in silk lead a train of servants out of the jungle and down the beach.
- At Dalkeith Castle on August 3rd, King James himself, in a crimson velvet jacket, rode in with a train of horsemen.
- He had quite a train of coolies with him, carrying himself and his baggage through the dense forests.
- 2.2A series of connected events: you may be setting in motion a train of events that will cause harmMore example sentences
- It is his sale of Christ that sets in motion the train of events leading up to the Crucifixion.
- We cannot know what train of events our actions will set in motion.
- Again, he chuckled as if this whole train of events was nothing but some outrageous mischief meant to unnerve me.
- 2.3A series of gears or other connected parts in machinery: a train of gearsMore example sentences
- The engines had twin overhead camshafts which were gear driven via a train of gears coming from the rear of the crankshaft.
- As our simulations show, a rouleau of flat RBCs behaves quite differently from a train of ellipses of the same size.
- The authors were able to predict the magnitude of facilitation but not its rate of growth during a train of impulses.
- 3A long piece of material attached to the back of a formal dress or robe that trails along the ground.More example sentences
- Long trains over trousers and grass skirts add another dimension.
- A formal daytime wedding is when the bride wears a white, ivory or pastel colored floor length gown with a train and a long veil.
- She screamed and shoved her way out of his hands and down the hallway, her long dress's train trailing behind her.
- (Of arrangements) well organized or in progress: an investigation is in trainMore example sentences
- The FA have no fewer than three investigations in train.
- Such a report puts in train a detailed investigation which may be unnecessary if, as is frequently the case, the incident is not one of carbon monoxide poisoning.
- While the Culchie Competition is restricted to men the women of the area are not being neglected either with plans now in train to select a festival queen.
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- Following behind someone or something.More example sentences
- Few thought to ask, to question the idea that ‘the people’ could be led as always, would follow blindly in the train of materialistic progress to social or cultural ‘progress’.
- He follows in the train of distinguished Erasmus lecturers, including Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Peter Berger, Paul Johnson, Jean-Marie Cardinal Lustiger, Rabbi David Novak, and Mary Ann Glendon.
- Carried to Italy (probably in the train of the Borgia popes), it was developed further, the flat bridge of the vihuela being replaced by a free-standing arched bridge, which was glued to the belly like that of a guitar.
- As a sequel or consequence: unemployment brings great difficulties in its trainMore example sentences
- This was possible due to the immigration of many Iranians to Bengal in the train of Muslim conquest and in the service of the rulers.
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- Mind you, I understand that babies have the same trainability, plus they can learn cool tricks - takes longer to housebreak 'em though.
- If you want to do specialized training, consider breeds known for courage and trainability.
- Research the breeds to find the one with the right size, energy level, trainability and temperament for your lifestyle.
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- As long as there's a trainable pool and as long as organisations are willing to invest in training knowing they'll lose some from time to time, there will never be a skills shortage anywhere.
- One dog was slightly more trainable, and the other was an idiot.
- There are numerous easily trainable people directing traffic, delivering summons, keeping guard at fêtes, driving vehicles up and down, and at times making messages for the boss.
Middle English (as a noun in the sense 'delay'): from Old French train (masculine), traine (feminine), from trahiner (verb), from Latin trahere 'pull, draw'. Early noun senses were 'trailing part of a robe' and 'retinue'; the latter gave rise to 'line of traveling people or vehicles', later 'a connected series of things.' The early verb sense 'cause (a plant) to grow in a desired shape' was the basis of the sense 'educate, instruct, teach'.