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[ree-treyn] /riˈtreɪn/
verb (used with object)
to train again, especially for a different vocation or different tasks.
verb (used without object)
to be retrained.
Origin of retrain
1930-35; re- + train
Related forms
retrainable, adjective Unabridged
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  • It is a great pity that the geographical illusions of our boyish days cannot retrain.

    Northern Travel Bayard Taylor
  • These courses are designed to improve the workers' skills or to retrain workers for other areas of specialization.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
British Dictionary definitions for retrain


(transitive) to teach (someone) a new skill so that he or she can do a job or find employment
(intransitive) to learn a new skill with a view to doing a job or finding employment
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Word Origin and History for retrain

1905, from re- "back, again" + train (v.). Related: Retrained; retraining.

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