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Train appears in the following tongue twister:

  • Mr. Tongue Twister tried to train his tongue to twist and turn, and twit an twat, to learn the letter "T".

Train appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Slam in a train a model I evoke; K.O. veiled Omani art animals.
  • Even as I train a model’s goddess I kissed, dogs led Omani artisan Eve.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun train:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb train:


Train is sometimes a misspelling of training.

The word train is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun train

What does train mean as a name of something?

Train is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: trains

  1. public transport provided by a line of railway cars coupled together and drawn by a locomotive
  2. a sequentially ordered set of things or events or ideas in which each successive member is related to the preceding
    • examples: train of mourners | a train of thought
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonym of train: string
    • more generic word: series = similar things placed in order or happening one after another
  3. a procession (of wagons or mules or camels) traveling together in single file
  4. a series of consequences wrought by an event
    • example: it led to a train of disasters
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • more generic words: aftermath / consequence = the outcome of an event especially as relative to an individual
  5. piece of cloth forming the long back section of a gown that is drawn along the floor
    • example: the bride's train was carried by her two young nephews
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic terms: piece of cloth / piece of material = a separate part consisting of fabric
    • part of: gown = a woman's dress, usually with a close-fitting bodice and a long flared skirt, often worn on formal occasions
  6. wheelwork consisting of a connected set of rotating gears by which force is transmitted or motion or torque is changed
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of train: gear / gearing / geartrain / power train
    • more generic word: wheelwork = mechanical device including an arrangement of wheel in a machine
    • more specific terms:
    • part of: engine = motor that converts thermal energy to mechanical work

Alternative definition of the noun train


  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.
  2. A group of animals, vehicles, or people that follow one another in a line, such as a wagon train; a caravan or procession.
  3. [military] The men and vehicles following an army, which carry artillery and other equipment for battle or siege.
  4. A sequence of events or ideas which are interconnected; a train of events or a train of thought.
  5. A series of electrical pulses.
  6. A set of interconnected mechanical parts like the drive train of a car.
  7. That which is drawn along, like the part of a gown which trails behind the wearer.

Definition of the verb train

What does train mean as a doing word?

Train is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: trained | training | trains

  1. create by training and teaching
    • example: The old master is training world-class violinists
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of train: develop / educate / prepare
    • more generic words: instruct / learn / teach = impart skills or knowledge to
    • more specific words:
  2. undergo training or instruction in preparation for a particular role, function, or profession
    • examples: She is training to be a teacher | He trained as a legal aid
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonym of train: prepare
    • more generic words: learn / read / study / take = be a student of a certain subject
    • more specific words:
      • apprentice = be or work as an apprentice
      • retrain = train again
      • drill = undergo military training or do military exercises
  3. develop (a child's or animal's) behavior by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control
    • example: Is this dog trained?
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of train: check / condition / discipline
    • more generic terms: develop / make grow = cause to grow and differentiate in ways conforming to its natural development
    • more specific word: mortify = practice self-denial of one's body and appetites
  4. educate for a future role or function
    • example: They trained him to be a warrior
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]I hired two secretaries
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] as [Predicate, not sentential clause]I hired two secretaries as helpers

      Verbs of Change of Possession (with the same syntax): contract, employ, engage, enlist, hire, recruit, reinstate, sign, sign on, sign up, subcontract, take.

    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of train: groom / prepare
    • more generic word: educate = give an education to
    • more specific words: dispose / qualify = make fit or prepared
  5. teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment
  6. point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards
    • examples: He trained his gun on the burglar | Don't train your camera on the women
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • synonyms of train: aim / direct / take / take aim
    • more generic word: position = cause to be in an appropriate place, state, or relation
    • more specific terms:
  7. teach and supervise (someone); act as a trainer or coach (to), as in sports
    • example: He is training our Olympic team
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of train: coach
    • more generic words: instruct / learn / teach = impart skills or knowledge to
  8. exercise in order to prepare for an event or competition
    • example: She is training for the Olympics
    • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
    • more generic terms: exercise / work out = do physical exercise
  9. cause to grow in a certain way by tying and pruning it
    • example: train the vine
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic terms: check / contain / control / curb / hold / hold in / moderate = lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint
    • more specific word: trellis = train on a trellis, as of a vine
  10. travel by rail or train
    • example: She trained to Hamburg
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of train: rail
    • more generic word: ride = be carried or travel on or in a vehicle
  11. drag loosely along a surface; allow to sweep the ground
    • example: She trained her long scarf behind her
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of train: trail
    • more generic word: drag = pull, as against a resistance

Alternative definition of the verb train


  1. [intransitive] To practice an ability.
  2. [transitive] To teach a task.
  3. [intransitive] To improve one's fitness.
  4. To proceed in sequence.
  5. [transitive] To move (a gun) laterally so that it points in a different direction.
  6. [transitive, horticulture] To encourage (a plant or branch) to grow in a particular direction or shape, usually by pruning and bending.
  7. [transitive, video games] To create a trainer for; to apply cheats to (a game).

Specialised definition of the verb train

Glossary of sports

to prepare for a sporting competition, or prepare someone for a sporting competition, usually with a planned programme of appropriate physical exercises (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)


  1. "Train" is a 2008 horror film directed and written by Gideon Raff; the film stars Thora Birch and Gideon Emery.
  2. "Train" is a 2009 short crime fiction film written and directed by Darius Clark Monroe.
  3. "train" is a short film, directed by Wellington Bowler.


Who is Train?

Train a.k.a. Kevin Richardson: Kevin Scott Richardson is an American singer, model, actor, composer, best known as a member of the Backstreet Boys.

Phrases with Train

Phrases starting with the word Train:

  1. train oil
  2. train set
  3. train fare
  4. Train Surf

Phrases ending with the word Train:

  1. to train
  2. car train
  3. boat train
  4. Gear train
  5. mail train
  6. Road train
  7. snow train
  8. wave train
  9. Crack Train
  10. Cross-Train
  11. Dotto Train
  12. Ghost Train
  13. Goods Train
  14. gravy train
  15. house-train
  16. liner train

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Train

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Google previewHow to Plan Your Own Wedding and Save Thousands (2008)

Without Going Crazy by Tracy Leigh

Trains Y Sweeping Train is a short train.

Y Court Train is a perfect choice for an informal or semiformal ceremony.

Google previewUnderwater Acoustics and Signal Processing (2012)

Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Study Institute held at Kollekolle, Copenhagen, Denmark, August 18–29, 1980 by L. Bjørnø

By definition, the section multiple train is the result of the reverberations occurring within the entire crustal section.

Google previewA Random Book about the Power of ANYone (2012)

by Talia Leman

The freight train is a business that can give you a platform and receive help from you at the same time. Don't let the word business intimidate you. A business is just a person like any other person, with the exception that they have twenty- seven ...

Google previewThe Giant Encyclopedia of Learning Center Activities (2005)

Over 600 Activities Written by Teachers for Teachers by Kathy Charner, Maureen Murphy, Jennifer Ford

paper tickets engineer hat whistle Freight Train by Donald Crews construction paper in a variety of colors scissors markers and crayons glue 1 . Arrange the chairs in the room like a passenger car. Put on an engineer's hat, give each child a ...

Google previewMongolian English Dictionary (2013)

by Bawden,

байр firingposition, ~зэвсэг firearms, ~ наадамfireworks, firework display,~ тэрэг train, ачааны ~ тэрэг (таваарын...

Google previewThe Eight-Language Tourism Dictionary (2014)

An essential guide for every tourist of the world by Christopher Bajger

The next train leaves in three hours. English Der nächste Zug fährt in drei Stunden. German Le prochain train part dans trois heures. French El próximo tren sale dentro de tres horas. Spanish Il treno prossimo parte fra tre ore. Italian Następny ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the 1960s (1999)

by James Stuart Olson

W WAGON TRAIN. Wagon Train was one of the most popular western dramas in television* history. Included in its cast were Ward Bond as Major Seth Adams, Robert Horton as Flint McCullough, Terry Wilson as Bill Hawks, and Frank McGrath ...

Google previewThe Jerome Kern Encyclopedia (2013)

by Thomas S. Hischak

The Enchanted Train” is an inviting song by Kern and lyricist P. G. Wodehouse that is a tribute to, of all trains, the Long Island Railroad. The charming number was sung by sweethearts May Tolliver (Gertrude Bryan) and Bill Pennington ...

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Quotes about Train

Going to work for a large company is like getting on a train. Are you going sixty miles an hour or is the train going sixty miles an hour and you're just sitting still (J. Paul Getty)
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Scrabble value of T1R1A1I1N1

The value of this 5-letter word is 5 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of TRAIN

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