train  ( trains 3rd person present) ( training present participle) ( trained past tense & past participle ) (VERB USES)
1 verb If someone trains you to do something, they teach you the skills that you need in order to do it. If you trainto do something, you learn the skills that you need in order to do it.
The US was ready to train its troops to participate... V n to-inf
Stavros was training to be a priest... V to-inf
Psychiatrists initially train as doctors... V as/in n
We don't train them only in bricklaying, but also in other building techniques... V n as/in n
Companies tend to favour the lawyer who has trained with a good quality City firm... V
I'm a trained nurse... V-ed
-trained comb in adj
Mr. Koutab is an American-trained lawyer.
trainer ( trainers plural) n-count
...a book for both teachers and teacher trainers.
2 verb To train a natural quality or talent that someone has, for example their voice or musical ability, means to help them to develop it.
I see my degree as something which will train my mind and improve my chances of getting a job... V n
3 verb If you trainfor a physical activity such as a race or if someone trains you for it, you prepare for it by doing particular physical exercises.
Strachan is training for the new season... V for n
He has spent a year training crews for next month's round the world race. V n for n, Also V, V n
She went to the gym with her trainer.
4 verb If an animal or bird is trainedto do particular things, it is taught to do them, for example in order to be able to work for someone or to be a good pet.
Sniffer dogs could be trained to track them down. be V-ed to-inf
...a man who trained hundreds of dogs... V n, Also V n to-inf
The horse made a winning start for his new trainer.
5 verb If you train something such as a gun, a camera, or a light on a person or thing, you aim it at them and keep it towards them.
She trained her binoculars on the horizon... V n on n
6 verb If you train a tree, bush, or plant in a particular direction, you tie it and cut it so that it grows in that direction.
Instead of training the shoots up the fence, lay them flat in both directions alongside it... V n prep
You could even put a trellis on your walls and train plants to grow up it. V n to-inf
training train up phrasal verb If someone trains you up, they teach you new skills or give you the necessary preparation so that you will reach the standard required for a particular job or activity. (BRIT) INFORMAL The first companies to go in took a policy of employing East Germans and training them up... V n P He usually preferred to train up a crew of enthusiastic young sailors from scratch. V P n (not pron)
trainer ( trainers plural ) Trainers are shoes that people wear, especially for running and other sports.
(BRIT) n-count usu pl
in AM, use sneakers