verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Nearby words

  1. trailing phlox,
  2. trailing vortex drag,
  3. trailman,
  4. trailside,
  5. trailsman,
  6. train of thought,
  7. train oil,
  8. train sickness,
  9. train smash,
  10. train spotter

Origin of train

1350–1400; (v.) late Middle English traynyn to pull or drag in the rear < Middle French trainer, Old French tra(h)iner < Vulgar Latin *tragīnāre, derivative of *tragīna something dragged or drawn (compare Medieval Latin tragīna carriage), derivative of *tragere to pull, for Latin trahere; (noun) Middle English train, traine < Old French tra(h)in (masculine) series of people, animals, or things, tra(h)ine (feminine) something dragged behind, both derivative of tra(h)iner

Related forms

Synonym study

18, 19. See teach. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for well-trained

British Dictionary definitions for well-trained


adjective (well trained when postpositive)

having gained satisfactory training



(tr) to guide or teach (to do something), as by subjecting to various exercises or experiencesto train a man to fight
(tr) to control or guide towards a specific goalto train a plant up a wall
(intr) to do exercises and prepare for a specific purposethe athlete trained for the Olympics
(tr) to improve or curb by subjecting to disciplineto train the mind
(tr) to focus or bring to bear (on something)to train a telescope on the moon


  1. a line of coaches or wagons coupled together and drawn by a railway locomotive
  2. (as modifier)a train ferry
a sequence or series, as of events, thoughts, etca train of disasters
a procession of people, vehicles, etc, travelling together, such as one carrying supplies of ammunition or equipment in support of a military operation
a series of interacting parts through which motion is transmitteda train of gears
a fuse or line of gunpowder to an explosive charge, etc
something drawn along, such as the long back section of a dress that trails along the floor behind the wearer
a retinue or suite
proper order or course
Derived Formstrainable, adjectivetrainless, adjective

Word Origin for train

C14: from Old French trahiner, from Vulgar Latin tragīnāre (unattested) to draw; related to Latin trahere to drag

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Word Origin and History for well-trained
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Idioms and Phrases with well-trained


In addition to the idiom beginning with train

  • train of thought

also see:

  • gravy train
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