Train Definition

trān
trained, training, trains
noun
trains
Something that hangs down and drags behind.
Webster's New World
A group of persons, animals, vehicles, etc. that follow one another in a line; procession; caravan; cortege.
Webster's New World
A group of persons following as attendants in a procession; retinue; suite.
Webster's New World
The persons, vehicles, etc. carrying supplies, ammunition, food, etc. for combat troops.
Webster's New World
A part of a gown that trails behind the wearer.
American Heritage
Synonyms:
stringwagon-traincaravanrailroad-trainpower-traingeartraingeargearingseriesdiplomatic trainexcursion trainpassengermail-trainblindrattler
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verb
trained, training, trains
To coach in or accustom to a mode of behavior or performance.
American Heritage
To guide the growth of (a plant), as by tying, pruning, etc.
Webster's New World
To prepare physically, as with a regimen.
Train athletes for track-and-field competition.
American Heritage
To subject to certain action, exercises, etc. in order to bring to a desired condition.
A surgeon's hand trained to be steady.
Webster's New World
To trail or drag.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
neglectforgetdisdainignorebe unfitbreak trainingweaken
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Other Word Forms of Train

Noun

Singular:
train
Plural:
trains

Origin of Train

  • From Middle English, from Old French train (“a delay, a drawing out"), from trainer (“to pull out, to draw"), from Vulgar Latin *tragināre, from *tragere, from Latin trahere (“to pull, to draw"). The verb was derived from the noun in Middle English.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English trailing part of a gown from Old French from trainer to drag from Vulgar Latin tragīnāre from tragere to pull back-formation from tractus past participle of Latin trahere

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman traine, Middle French traïne, from traïr (“to betray").

    From Wiktionary

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