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retrain Line breaks: re|train
Pronunciation: /riːˈtreɪn/

Definition of retrain in English:


[with object]
1Teach (someone) new skills to enable them to do a different job: they are helping to retrain the long-term unemployed (as noun retraining) three months of retraining
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  • Workers praised efforts by Big Blue to retrain people and find them other jobs at the firm.
  • He said that the company was retraining its staff and investing large sums in new technology to increase efficiency and levels of customer service.
  • Larger companies have established their own programmes in order to retrain employees, as a result of the problems faced by the educational system and the speed with which ICT skills become outdated.
1.1 [no object] Learn new skills so as to be able to do a different job: a workforce which is willing to retrain
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  • The chief engineer of Pickett (the slide rule company) was undoubtedly faced with retraining for a position in a different industry.
  • By 1920, roughly 15 percent of the disabled veterans retraining in New York City were studying language arts or elementary social studies simultaneous with coursework in specific trades.
  • At a time when most small companies are slow to hire, many existing staff are now being asked to ‘double job’, taking on additional responsibilities and retraining in new job areas.

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