[ ree-treyn ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to train again, especially for a different vocation or different tasks.

verb (used without object)

  1. to be retrained.


/ riːˈtreɪn /


  1. tr to teach (someone) a new skill so that he or she can do a job or find employment
  2. intr to learn a new skill with a view to doing a job or finding employment

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Other Words From

  • re·traina·ble adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of retrain1

First recorded in 1930–35; re- + train

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Example Sentences

“I don’t want to necessarily cut services only to six months later or a year later have to restore them and rehire people and retrain people,” Goldstone said last week.

In practice, models are trained and retrained many times over during research and development.

Once trained staff members, such as bus and train operators, are laid off, it takes time to hire and retrain people to ramp service back up.

Mulligan saw the flexibility of experienced and older workers firsthand when Guardian Life retrained employees on new cloud data tools, and other survey and research data support the point.

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The department has also previously declined to answer questions about whether officers who wrote seditious language tickets will be punished or retrained.

It will have to pay stipends to heads of families while they retrain, and will need to protect haredim from job discrimination.

Their superiors are under constant pressure to retrain marginal performers rather than to discharge them.

Google Apps helped retrain us to work in a networked fashion.

It is a great pity that the geographical illusions of our boyish days cannot retrain.

These courses are designed to improve the workers' skills or to retrain workers for other areas of specialization.