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.

Primary Meanings of train

1.
v
educate for a future role or function
2.
v
point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards
3.
nv
a sequentially ordered set of things or events or ideas in which each successive member is related to the preceding
travel by rail or train
4.
nv
piece of cloth forming the long back section of a gown that is drawn along the floor
drag loosely along a surface; allow to sweep the ground
Full Definitions of train
1

v 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
Types:
dispose, qualify
make fit or prepared
habilitate
qualify for teaching at a university in Europe
capacitate
make capable
Type of:
educate
give an education to

v teach and supervise (someone); act as a trainer or coach (to), as in sports

“He is training our Olympic team”
Synonyms:
coach
Type of:
instruct, learn, teach
impart skills or knowledge to

v 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

v 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
Types:
mortify
practice self-denial of one's body and appetites
Type of:
develop, make grow
cause to grow and differentiate in ways conforming to its natural development

v teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment

Train your tastebuds”
Synonyms:
civilise, civilize, cultivate, educate, school
Types:
sophisticate
make less natural or innocent
Type of:
down, fine-tune, polish, refine
improve or perfect by pruning or polishing

v 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
Types:
apprentice
be or work as an apprentice
retrain
train again
drill
undergo military training or do military exercises
Type of:
learn, read, study, take
be a student of a certain subject

v 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
Type of:
exercise, work out
do physical exercise

v cause to grow in a certain way by tying and pruning it

train the vine”
Types:
trellis
train on a trellis, as of a vine
Type of:
check, contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate
lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits
2

v 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
Types:
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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
Type of:
position
cause to be in an appropriate place, state, or relation
3

n 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
Type of:
series
similar things placed in order or happening one after another

n 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
Types:
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
Type of:
wheelwork
mechanical device including an arrangement of wheel in a machine (especially a train of gears)

n a procession (of wagons or mules or camels) traveling together in single file

“they joined the wagon train for safety”
Synonyms:
caravan, wagon train
Type of:
procession
the group action of a collection of people or animals or vehicles moving ahead in more or less regular formation

n 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
Types:
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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
Type of:
public transport
conveyance for passengers or mail or freight

n a series of consequences wrought by an event

“it led to a train of disasters”
Type of:
aftermath, consequence
the outcome of an event especially as relative to an individual

v travel by rail or train

“She trained to Hamburg”
Synonyms:
rail
Type of:
ride
be carried or travel on or in a vehicle
4

n 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”
Type of:
piece of cloth, piece of material
a separate part consisting of fabric

v 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
Type of:
drag
pull, as against a resistance

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