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train (treɪn



  1. (transitive) to guide or teach (to do something), as by subjecting to various exercises or experiences   ⇒  ■ to train a man to fight
  2. (transitive) to control or guide towards a specific goal   ⇒  ■ to train a plant up a wall
  3. (intransitive) to do exercises and prepare for a specific purpose   ⇒  ■ the athlete trained for the Olympics
  4. (transitive) to improve or curb by subjecting to discipline   ⇒  ■ to train the mind
  5. (transitive) 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
  1. a sequence or series, as of events, thoughts, etc   ⇒  ■ a train of disasters
  2. a procession of people, vehicles, etc, travelling together, such as one carrying supplies of ammunition or equipment in support of a military operation
  3. a series of interacting parts through which motion is transmitted   ⇒  ■ a train of gears
  4. a fuse or line of gunpowder to an explosive charge, etc
  5. something drawn along, such as the long back section of a dress that trails along the floor behind the wearer
  6. a retinue or suite
  7. proper order or course

Derived Forms

ˈtrainable  adjective
ˈtrainless  adjective

Word Origin

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


View thesaurus entry
= study, learn, qualify, be taught, prepare, take instruction
= exercise, prepare, work out, practise, do exercise, get into shape
= aim, point, level, position, direct, focus, sight, line up, turn on, fix on, zero in, bring to bear
= locomotive, railway train

Translations for 'train'

  • British English: train A train is a long vehicle that is pulled by an engine along a railway line.treɪn NOUN
  • Arabic: قِطَار
  • Brazilian Portuguese: trem
  • Chinese: 火车
  • Croatian: vlak
  • Czech: vlak
  • Danish: tog
  • Dutch: trein
  • European Spanish: tren
  • Finnish: juna
  • French: train
  • German: Zug Züge
  • Greek: τρένο
  • Italian: treno
  • Japanese: 列車
  • Korean: 열차
  • Norwegian: tog
  • Polish: pociągtransport
  • Portuguese: comboio
  • Romanian: tren trenuri
  • Russian: поезд
  • Spanish: tren
  • Swedish: tågfärdmedel
  • Thai: รถไฟ
  • Turkish: tren
  • Ukrainian: потяг
  • Vietnamese: tàu hỏa
  • British English: train If you train to do something, you learn the skills that you need in order to do it.He was training to be a pilot.treɪn VERB
  • Arabic: يُدرِّب
  • Brazilian Portuguese: treinar
  • Chinese: 训练
  • Croatian: obučavati
  • Czech: vyučit se
  • Danish: træne
  • Dutch: trainen
  • European Spanish: entrenar
  • Finnish: kouluttaa
  • French: former
  • German: ausbilden
  • Greek: προπονώ
  • Italian: addestrare
  • Japanese: 訓練する
  • Korean: (...을) 훈련시키다
  • Norwegian: lære opp
  • Polish: wyszkolić szkolić
  • Portuguese: treinar
  • Romanian: a exersa
  • Russian: тренировать
  • Spanish: entrenar
  • Swedish: utbilda
  • Thai: อบรม
  • Turkish: eğitmek
  • Ukrainian: тренуватися
  • Vietnamese: huấn luyện

Example Sentences Including 'train'

The thought that had nearly penetrated at the end of the train journey.
It was the kind you get printed up in machines in train stations.
Hugo Wilcken THE EXECUTION (2002)
Christ, what a thing to ask me -- the man with a love life like a train wreck.


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