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train (treɪn Pronunciation for train



  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: trainPronunciation for train A train is a long vehicle that is pulled by an engine along a railway line.treɪn NOUN
  • Arabic: قِطَارPronunciation for قِطَار
  • Brazilian Portuguese: tremPronunciation for trem
  • Chinese: 火车Pronunciation for 火车
  • Croatian: vlakPronunciation for vlak
  • Czech: vlakPronunciation for vlak
  • Danish: togPronunciation for tog
  • Dutch: treinPronunciation for trein
  • European Spanish: trenPronunciation for tren
  • Finnish: junaPronunciation for juna
  • French: trainPronunciation for train
  • German: ZugPronunciation for Zug Züge
  • Greek: τρένοPronunciation for τρένο
  • Italian: trenoPronunciation for treno
  • Japanese: 列車Pronunciation for 列車
  • Korean: 열차Pronunciation for 열차
  • Norwegian: togPronunciation for tog
  • Polish: pociągPronunciation for pociągtransport
  • Portuguese: comboioPronunciation for comboio
  • Romanian: tren trenuri
  • Russian: поездPronunciation for поезд
  • Spanish: trenPronunciation for tren
  • Swedish: tågPronunciation for tågfärdmedel
  • Thai: รถไฟPronunciation for รถไฟ
  • Turkish: trenPronunciation for tren
  • Ukrainian: потяг
  • Vietnamese: tàu hỏaPronunciation for tàu hỏa
  • British English: trainPronunciation for 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: يُدرِّبPronunciation for يُدرِّب
  • Brazilian Portuguese: treinarPronunciation for treinar
  • Chinese: 训练Pronunciation for 训练
  • Croatian: obučavatiPronunciation for obučavati
  • Czech: vyučit sePronunciation for vyučit se
  • Danish: trænePronunciation for træne
  • Dutch: trainenPronunciation for trainen
  • European Spanish: entrenarPronunciation for entrenar
  • Finnish: kouluttaaPronunciation for kouluttaa
  • French: formerPronunciation for former
  • German: ausbildenPronunciation for ausbilden
  • Greek: προπονώPronunciation for προπονώ
  • Italian: addestrarePronunciation for addestrare
  • Japanese: 訓練するPronunciation for 訓練する
  • Korean: (...을) 훈련시키다Pronunciation for (...을) 훈련시키다
  • Norwegian: lære oppPronunciation for lære opp
  • Polish: wyszkolićPronunciation for wyszkolić szkolić
  • Portuguese: treinarPronunciation for treinar
  • Romanian: a exersa
  • Russian: тренироватьPronunciation for тренировать
  • Spanish: entrenarPronunciation for entrenar
  • Swedish: utbildaPronunciation for utbilda
  • Thai: อบรมPronunciation for อบรม
  • Turkish: eğitmekPronunciation for eğitmek
  • Ukrainian: тренуватися
  • Vietnamese: huấn luyệnPronunciation for 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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