the education, instruction, or discipline of a person or thing that is being trained: He's in training for the Olympics.
the status or condition of a person who has been trained: athletes in top training.


of, relating to, or used in or for training: a training manual.
intended for use during an introductory, learning, or transitional period: a training cup for weaning a baby; a training bra.

Origin of training

1400–50; late Middle English (noun); see train, -ing1, -ing2
Related formshalf-train·ing, adjectivenon·train·ing, adjective, nounpre·train·ing, nounself-train·ing, noun

Synonyms for training

1. See education. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-training

Historical Examples of self-training

  • Of course, without this I could not have attempted to do what I did in the way of self-training.

  • The importance to the aspirant of this branch of self-training can scarcely be magnified.

  • Habit is a topic more germane to the subject of self-training, and is therefore examined at some length in our text.

  • If a lad grows up without any self-training he is generally fit for nothing, and only a trouble to society.

    The Thorogood Family

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • With the promptness which was a part of his self-training, he began at once his new duties.

British Dictionary definitions for self-training



  1. the process of bringing a person, etc, to an agreed standard of proficiency, etc, by practice and instructiontraining for the priesthood; physical training
  2. (as modifier)training college
in training
  1. undergoing physical training
  2. physically fit
out of training physically unfit
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