verb (used with object)

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

verb (used without object)

to be retrained.

Origin of retrain

First recorded in 1930–35; re- + train
Related formsre·train·a·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for retrain

Contemporary Examples of retrain

  • 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.

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Historical Examples of retrain

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

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    Bayard Taylor

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

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British Dictionary definitions for retrain



(tr) to teach (someone) a new skill so that he or she can do a job or find employment
(intr) to learn a new skill with a view to doing a job or finding employment
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Word Origin and History for retrain

1905, from re- "back, again" + train (v.). Related: Retrained; retraining.

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