[ ree-treyn ]
/ riˈtreɪn /

verb (used with object)

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

verb (used without object)

to be retrained.

Nearby words

  1. retraction,
  2. retraction nystagmus,
  3. retractive,
  4. retractively,
  5. retractor,
  6. retrainee,
  7. retral,
  8. retrally,
  9. retransmission,
  10. retread

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

  • 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.

    The Next Fort Hood|Ken Allard|November 10, 2009|DAILY BEAST
  • These courses are designed to improve the workers' skills or to retrain workers for other areas of specialization.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria|Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
  • It is a great pity that the geographical illusions of our boyish days cannot retrain.

    Northern Travel|Bayard Taylor

British Dictionary definitions for retrain


/ (riːˈtreɪn) /


(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for retrain



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper