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verb (used with object)
  1. to train again, especially for a different vocation or different tasks.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to be retrained.
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Origin of retrain

First recorded in 1930–35; re- + train
Related formsre·train·a·ble, adjective
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  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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Word Origin and History for retrained



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

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