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

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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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