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

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Contemporary Examples of retrained

  • Good with his hands and with a keen eye, de Vries retrained as a restorer of art and precious objects.

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Historical Examples of retrained

British Dictionary definitions for retrained



(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 retrained



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

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