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(1)   Wheelwork consisting of a connected set of rotating gears by which force is transmitted or motion or torque is changed
"The fool got his tie caught in the geartrain"
(2)   Public transport provided by a line of railway cars coupled together and drawn by a locomotive
"Express trains don't stop at Princeton Junction"
(3)   Piece of cloth forming the long back section of a gown that is drawn along the floor
"The bride's train was carried by her two young nephews"
(4)   A series of consequences wrought by an event
"It led to a train of disasters"
(5)   A procession (of wagons or mules or camels) traveling together in single file
"We were part of a caravan of almost a thousand camels"
"They joined the wagon train for safety"
(6)   A sequentially ordered set of things or events or ideas in which each successive member is related to the preceding
"A string of islands"
"Train of mourners"
"A train of thought"


(7)   Exercise in order to prepare for an event or competition
"She is training for the Olympics"
(8)   Undergo training or instruction in preparation for a particular role, function, or profession
"She is training to be a teacher"
"He trained as a legal aid"
(9)   Create by training and teaching
"The old master is training world-class violinists"
"We develop the leaders for the future"
(10)   Teach and supervise (someone); act as a trainer or coach (to), as in sports
"He is training our Olympic team"
"She is coaching the crew"
(11)   Aim or direct at; as of blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment
"Please don't aim at your little brother!"
"He trained his gun on the burglar"
"Don't train your camera on the women"
"Take a swipe at one's opponent"
(12)   Drag loosely along a surface; allow to sweep the ground
"The toddler was trailing his pants"
"She trained her long scarf behind her"
(13)   Travel by rail or train
"They railed from Rome to Venice"
"She trained to Hamburg"
(14)   Prepare (someone) for a future role or function
"He is grooming his son to become his successor"
"The prince was prepared to become King one day"
"They trained him to be a warrior"
(15)   Train to be discriminative in taste or judgment
"Cultivate your musical taste"
"Train your tastebuds"
"She is well schooled in poetry"
(16)   Train to grow in a certain way by tying and pruning it
"Train the vine"
(17)   Train by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control
"Parents must discipline their children"
"Is this dog trained?"


From , from , from , ultimately from . The verb was derived from the noun in Middle English.


  1. A line of connected cars or carriages pushed or pulled by one or more locomotives, especially a railroad train which travels on a set of tracks.
    We rode the train to Mumbai.
  2. A group of animals, vehicles, or people that follow one another in a line, such as a wagon train; a caravan or procession.
    Our party formed a train at the funeral parlor before departing for the burial.
  3. A sequence of events or ideas which are interconnected; a train of events or a train of thought.
  4. A series of electrical pulses.
  5. A set of interconnected mechanical parts like the drive train of a car.
  6. That which is drawn along, like the part of a gown which trails behind the wearer.
    The train of her bridal gown caught on a nail.


  1. To practice an ability.
    She trained seven hours a day to prepare for the Olympics.
  2. To teach a task.
    You can't train a pig to write poetry.
  3. To improve one's fitness.
    I trained with weights all winter.
  4. To proceed in sequence.
  5. To move (a gun) laterally so that it points in a different direction.
    The assassin had trained his gun on the minister.
  6. (Horticulture) To encourage (a plant or branch) to grow in a particular direction or shape, usually by pruning and bending.
    The vine had been trained over the pergola.