train

To train means to teach a skill. If you train your cat to use the toilet, your family will be amazed.

You can train animals to perform in a circus or roll over, and you can train people to do things like program computers or use an espresso machine. When you instruct someone how to do a task, you train him or her. Other meanings of the word train? A locomotive, like the train that takes people from New York City to Boston or a long piece of material attached to the back of a dress, like the train on a wedding dress.

Definitions of train
  1. verb
    educate for a future role or function
    “They trained him to be a warrior”
    synonyms: groom, prepare
    prepare
    undergo training or instruction in preparation for a particular role, function, or profession
    develop, educate, prepare
    create by training and teaching
    check, condition, discipline
    develop (children's) behavior by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control
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    dispose, qualify
    make fit or prepared
    habilitate
    qualify for teaching at a university in Europe
    capacitate
    make capable
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    educate
    give an education to
  2. verb
    teach and supervise (someone); act as a trainer or coach (to), as in sports
    “He is training our Olympic team”
    synonyms: coach
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    instruct, learn, teach
    impart skills or knowledge to
  3. verb
    create by training and teaching
    “The old master is training world-class violinists”
    synonyms: develop, educate, prepare
    build up, develop
    change the use of and make available or usable
    prepare
    undergo training or instruction in preparation for a particular role, function, or profession
    groom, prepare
    educate for a future role or function
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    retrain
    teach new skills
    drill
    train in the military, e.g., in the use of weapons
    house-train, housebreak
    train (a pet) to live cleanly in a house
    toilet-train
    train (a small child) to use the toilet
    type of:
    instruct, learn, teach
    impart skills or knowledge to
  4. verb
    develop (children's) behavior by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control
    “Is this dog trained?”
    synonyms: check, condition, discipline
    groom, prepare
    educate for a future role or function
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    mortify
    practice self-denial of one's body and appetites
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    develop, make grow
    cause to grow and differentiate in ways conforming to its natural development
  5. verb
    teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment
    Train your tastebuds”
    synonyms: civilise, civilize, cultivate, educate, school
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    sophisticate
    make less natural or innocent
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    down, fine-tune, polish, refine
    improve or perfect by pruning or polishing
  6. verb
    undergo training or instruction in preparation for a particular role, function, or profession
    “She is training to be a teacher”
    “He trained as a legal aid”
    synonyms: prepare
    develop, educate, prepare
    create by training and teaching
    groom, prepare
    educate for a future role or function
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    apprentice
    be or work as an apprentice
    retrain
    train again
    drill
    undergo military training or do military exercises
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    learn, read, study, take
    be a student of a certain subject
  7. verb
    exercise in order to prepare for an event or competition
    “She is training for the Olympics”
    Synonyms:
    coach
    teach and supervise (someone); act as a trainer or coach (to), as in sports
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    exercise, work out
    do physical exercise
  8. verb
    cause to grow in a certain way by tying and pruning it
    train the vine”
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    trellis
    train on a trellis, as of a vine
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    check, contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate
    lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits
  9. verb
    point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards
    “He trained his gun on the burglar”
    “Don't train your camera on the women”
    synonyms: aim, direct, take, take aim
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    aim, direct, place, point, target
    intend (something) to move towards a certain goal
    draw a bead on
    aim with a gun
    hold
    aim, point, or direct
    turn
    direct at someone
    swing
    hit or aim at with a sweeping arm movement
    charge, level, point
    direct into a position for use
    level
    aim at
    sight
    take aim by looking through the sights of a gun (or other device)
    address
    direct a question at someone
    home in, range in, zero in
    direct onto a point or target, especially by automatic navigational aids
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    position
    cause to be in an appropriate place, state, or relation
  10. noun
    a sequentially ordered set of things or events or ideas in which each successive member is related to the preceding
    train of mourners”
    “a train of thought”
    synonyms: string
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    series
    similar things placed in order or happening one after another
  11. noun
    wheelwork consisting of a connected set of rotating gears by which force is transmitted or motion or torque is changed
    synonyms: gear, gearing, geartrain, power train
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    epicyclic gear train, epicyclic train
    a system of epicyclic gears in which at least one wheel axis itself revolves about another fixed axis
    reduction gear
    gearing that reduces an input speed to a slower output speed
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    wheelwork
    mechanical device including an arrangement of wheel in a machine (especially a train of gears)
  12. noun
    a procession (of wagons or mules or camels) traveling together in single file
    “they joined the wagon train for safety”
    synonyms: caravan, wagon train
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    procession
    the group action of a collection of people or animals or vehicles moving ahead in more or less regular formation
  13. noun
    public transport provided by a line of railway cars coupled together and drawn by a locomotive
    “express trains don't stop at Princeton Junction”
    synonyms: railroad train
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    boat train
    a train taking passengers to or from a port
    car train
    a train that transports passengers and their automobiles
    freight train, rattler
    a railroad train consisting of freight cars
    hospital train
    a military train built to transport wounded troops to a hospital
    mail train
    a train that carries mail
    passenger train
    a train that carries passengers
    streamliner
    a streamlined train
    subway train
    a train that runs in a subway system
    bullet, bullet train
    a high-speed passenger train
    commuter, commuter train
    a passenger train that is ridden primarily by passengers who travel regularly from one place to another
    freight liner, liner train
    a long-distance express freight train between industrial centers and seaports with facilities for rapid loading and unloading of goods
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    public transport
    conveyance for passengers or mail or freight
  14. noun
    a series of consequences wrought by an event
    “it led to a train of disasters”
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    aftermath, consequence
    the outcome of an event especially as relative to an individual
  15. verb
    travel by rail or train
    “She trained to Hamburg”
    synonyms: rail
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    ride
    be carried or travel on or in a vehicle
  16. noun
    piece of cloth forming the long back section of a gown that is drawn along the floor
    “the bride's train was carried by her two young nephews”
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    piece of cloth, piece of material
    a separate part consisting of fabric
  17. verb
    drag loosely along a surface; allow to sweep the ground
    “She trained her long scarf behind her”
    synonyms: trail
    trail
    hang down so as to drag along the ground
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    drag
    pull, as against a resistance
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