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parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a connected series of railroad cars.
We had to wait a long time for the train to pass.
similar words:
cannonball, el, express, freight train, funicular, monorail, rail, railroad, railway, rolling stock, RR, subway
definition 2: a long, moving line of persons, animals, or vehicles.
A train of mules carried the supplies up to the camp.
caravan, procession
similar words:
cavalcade, column, convoy, file, motorcade, parade
definition 3: an orderly sequence of things or ideas.
Your train of thought is very clear in this essay.
progression, series, succession
similar words:
chain, concatenation, row, run, sequence
definition 4: a group of servants or attendants; retinue.
The duchess arrived with her train of servants.
entourage, retinue
similar words:
attendants, claque, escort, following, servants
definition 5: the long part of a gown or robe that trails behind the person wearing it.
The bridesmaids walked behind the bride, carrying her long train.
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: trains, training, trained
definition 1: to instill skills or behavior in through discipline or instruction.
He trained his dog to come when called.[verb + smby/smth + infinitive ] The guerrillas were trained to fight without regard for their own lives.[verb + smby/smth + infinitive ]
break in
similar words:
coach, discipline, domesticate, drill, instruct, inure, nurture, practice, qualify, school, socialize, teach
definition 2: to make proficient through instruction.
The swordsmen were trained by a master.
coach, school
similar words:
break in, discipline, drill, groom, instruct, practice, prime, qualify, teach, tutor
definition 3: to make (someone) physically fit, esp. by imposing an organized program of exercise and diet.
The coach trained him for the big race.
coach, condition, exercise
similar words:
prepare, prime, ready, work
definition 4: to cause (an object) to take a particular shape or form.
I can't seem to train my hair to curl.[verb + smby/smth + infinitive ]
condition, get
similar words:
force, make
definition 5: to focus; direct.
He trained his sights on the target.
focus, level, sight
similar words:
aim, direct, fasten, home, point
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to provide or undergo discipline or instruction in order to develop skills or attain proficiency.
These soldiers are still training.
similar words:
coach, drill, learn, practice, prepare, study
definition 2: to prepare oneself to compete, usu. in an athletic contest.
She trained for the Olympics.
similar words:
exercise, practice, prepare
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derivation: trainable (adj.)
Word History
The word train comes from a Latin word that means "to pull or draw."
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