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[trey-ning] /ˈtreɪ nɪŋ/
the education, instruction, or discipline of a person or thing that is being trained:
He's in training for the Olympics.
the status or condition of a person who has been trained:
athletes in top training.
of, relating to, or used in or for training:
a training manual.
intended for use during an introductory, learning, or transitional period:
a training cup for weaning a baby; a training bra.
Origin of training
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English (noun); see train, -ing1, -ing2
Related forms
half-training, adjective
nontraining, adjective, noun
pretraining, noun
self-training, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for trainings
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  • Here is where we used to have May trainings, years and years ago.

  • We owe much to these trainings and these trials of marksmanship.

  • We have both passed the Preliminary, and shall have served our two trainings.

    For Fortune and Glory Lewis Hough
  • Boston mustered a very fair military force at trainings, even in early days.

  • He recalled the trainings of other days, when his regiment paraded on the green and had a sham-fight.

    Winning His Way

    Charles Carleton Coffin
  • Of those two experiments, of those two trainings, which ought society in England to meet with the warmest encouragement?

    Man and Wife Wilkie Collins
  • It is not probable that any trainings of art can give these endowments to him who has not received them from the gift of nature.

    Thoughts on Man William Godwin
  • Thus has Cyprian had that most useful of all trainings, action, not books.

    The Letters of Cassiodorus Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
British Dictionary definitions for trainings


  1. the process of bringing a person, etc, to an agreed standard of proficiency, etc, by practice and instruction: training for the priesthood, physical training
  2. (as modifier): training college
in training
  1. undergoing physical training
  2. physically fit
out of training, physically unfit
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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