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American English: /treɪn/
British English: /treɪn/

Translation of train in Spanish:


  • 1 (Railways) diesel/electric train
    tren diesel/eléctrico
    fast train
    tren expreso or rápido
    local o (British English) slow train
    (tren que para en todas las estaciones)
    to take the train
    tomar or (esp Spain) coger el tren
    to travel/go by train
    viajar/ir en tren
    to send something by train
    mandar algo por ferrocarril
    we met on the train
    nos conocimos en el tren
    to change trains train service train timetable
    horario (masculine) de trenes
    the train journey
    el viaje en tren
    the train fare is …
    el boleto or (Spain) billete en tren cuesta …
    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.
  • 2 2.1 (of servants, followers) a train of mourners
    un cortejo fúnebre
    the king arrived, with jesters in his train
    el rey llegó seguido de su séquito or cortejo de bufones
    the depression brought many social problems in its train
    la depresión tuvo como secuela or acarreó muchos problemas sociales
    in the train of revolution came an upsurge in nationalism
    tras la revolución hubo un renacimiento del nacionalismo
    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.
    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.
    2.2 (of events, disasters) train of thoughtto lose one's train of thought
    perder el hilo (de las ideas)
    our minds had followed quite different trains of thought
    habíamos seguido líneas de pensamiento muy distintas
    to be in train (esp British English) [formal] to put/set something in train
    poner algo en marcha
    Example sentences
    • Is the train of tragic events that follows a manifestation of its destructive nature?
    • The gratuitous killing was the beginning of a shocking train of events that 13 years later has led her to Yorkshire in search of a new and better life.
    • As Keith writes, no one can be completely sure of the exact train of events that day - only of the outcome.
  • 3 3.1 (of dress, robe) Tim will carry her train
    Tim le va a llevar la cola
    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.
    3.2 (of gears) (Technology)
    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.
    3.3 (fuse) train of gunpowder
    cebo or mixto de pólvora

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (instruct)
    (accustom) acostumbrar
    (to perform tricks etc) amaestrar
    (employee/worker) (in new skill etc) capacitar
    you've trained your dog very well
    tienes el perro muy bien enseñado
    your husband's very well trained [humorous]
    tienes a tu marido muy bien amaestrado [humorous]
    he was trained at the College of Music
    estudió en el College of Music
    es exalumno or (Latin America tb) egresado del College of Music
    he was trained as a painter
    estudió pintura
    he was trained for the ministry
    lo educaron para el sacerdocio
    they are being trained to use the machine
    los están capacitando en el uso de la máquina
    les están enseñando a usar la máquina
    they were trained in the use of firearms
    los adiestraron en el uso de armas de fuego
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
  • 2 (aim)to train something on something/somebody
    enfocar algo/a alguien con algo
    apuntarle a algo/alguien con algo
    she's had her sights trained on stardom from the first
    ha tenido la(s) mira(s) puesta(s) en el estrellato desde el principio
    he kept the pistol trained on me all the time
    me estuvo apuntando or encañonando con la pistola todo el tiempo
    last week all eyes were trained on Geneva
    la semana pasada todos los ojos estuvieron puestos en Ginebra
    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.

intransitive verb

  • 1 (receive instruction)
    they trained together in York
    estudiaron juntos/juntas en York
    she's training to be a nurse/teacher
    estudia enfermería/magisterio
    estudia para enfermera/maestra
    he trained as a carpenter
    aprendió el oficio de carpintero
    she trained as a singer/lawyer
    estudió canto/abogacía or derecho
    to train for the ministry (Religion)
    estudiar para sacerdote
    Example sentences
    • Canada, his native land, the UK where he trained and taught, and the United States all owe much to this sophisticated thinker.
    • Everybody who trains takes lay-offs at one time or another.
  • 2 (Sport)
    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.

Phrasal verbs

train up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
(apprentice/youngster/new entrant)
proporcionar formación a
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