[ trey-ning ]
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  1. the education, instruction, or discipline of a person or thing that is being trained: He's in training for the Olympics.

  2. the status or condition of a person who has been trained: athletes in top training.

  1. of, relating to, or used in or for training: a training manual.

  2. intended for use during an introductory, learning, or transitional period: a training cup for weaning a baby; a training bra.

Origin of training

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English (noun); see train, -ing1, -ing2

synonym study For training

1. See education.

Other words from training

  • half-training, adjective
  • non·train·ing, adjective, noun
  • pre·train·ing, noun
  • self-training, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use training in a sentence

  • Everyman and every woman, in their self-training and self-culture, should study the art of giving up with a good grace.

  • Henry Clay clearly describes his own exercises in self-training when he was quite a grown man.

    Public Speaking | Clarence Stratton
  • Such self-training, such self-conquest, gives one great power over others.

    An Iron Will | Orison Swett Marden
  • As runners these six youngsters were just beginning to develop as a result of self-training.

  • Moreover, it is proper to add that Panna Yadviga had, for purposes of self-training, turned the head of her cousin.

    Hania | Henryk Sienkiewicz

British Dictionary definitions for training


/ (ˈtreɪnɪŋ) /

    • the process of bringing a person, etc, to an agreed standard of proficiency, etc, by practice and instruction: training for the priesthood; physical training

    • (as modifier): training college

  1. in training

    • undergoing physical training

    • physically fit

  1. out of training physically unfit

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