Definition of cadre in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkɑːdə//ˈkadri//ˈkɑːdr(ə)/


  • 1A small group of people specially trained for a particular purpose or profession.

    ‘a cadre of professional managers’
    • ‘The enormity of biological resources makes a case for raising a whole cadre of highly trained professionals for inventorisation, characterisation and documentation.’
    • ‘There is an enormous challenge in training a cadre of highly qualified professionals to fuel development and address the challenges confronting the continent.’
    • ‘Command cadres there are mainly trained in special military educational institutions.’
    • ‘The success of outside investment companies in building cell phone systems is due to local cadres of technicians being trained and gaining work experience under the guidance of more experienced employees.’
    • ‘In a few short years, we could have a sizeable cadre of educated, professional, highly paid people.’
    • ‘The program is designed to train a cadre of researchers to bridge the processes from scientific discovery through clinical development and regulatory review of new oncology products.’
    • ‘The cost and engineering problems the Air Force is having with their space programs and in trying to train a solid cadre of qualified and effective space personnel are all too familiar.’
    • ‘He trained cadres of engineers and built health clinics and schools in Iraq.’
    • ‘The Russian nuclear establishment, as befits a large nuclear power, is a mighty one, with many companies, numerous research institutes and an enormous cadre of trained nuclear scientists.’
    • ‘The aim of the bursar programme is to develop a new cadre of professionals with the specialist skills needed to effectively manage school finances and resources and to bring a business dimension to schools' strategic planning.’
    • ‘For economic transformation to be effective the leadership must pay greater attention to modernizing the country's educational system and training new cadres to guide the transition into the new century.’
    • ‘Start a school of robotics and a business incubator to go with it, to not only train a cadre of technology workers, but to sell the intellectual property and create the seeds of a home grown tech industry.’
    • ‘The institute will also have to train a cadre of dedicated rehabilitation professionals, who can work within the interdisciplinary team and help disabled people navigate the resource maze.’
    • ‘It will also be necessary to train cadre for the purpose.’
    • ‘State-supported art academies on the African continent also began to train a cadre of cosmopolitan artists ready to enter the European marketing loop.’
    • ‘An excellent cadre of professional managers and strong entrepreneurial orientation has provided a significant competitive edge to the company.’
    • ‘The concept of using the cadre to train the cohort soldiers worked well.’
    • ‘The evidence is that if you train a cadre of teachers in how to use technology effectively, there can be rapid change.’
    • ‘The initiative to developing stronger business cooperatives is focused on training cooperative leaders and a cadre of extension specialists and other technical assistance providers.’
    • ‘No body seemed to be concerned over these announcements and as to why they were announcing to form their own armies and providing arms training to their cadres.’
    small group, body, team, corps
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  • 2A group of activists in a communist or other revolutionary organization.

    ‘he was an activist in the cadre’
    • ‘Revolutionary cadres are not indestructible.’
    • ‘Even so, the task of training communist cadres to take over occupied countries was not abandoned.’
    • ‘These Communist-era cadres had been brought into the new agency under the prevailing rules of verification.’
    • ‘He was certainly more comfortable in that role than in a revolutionary cadre.’
    • ‘He thus appears to remain sufficiently light on his feet to duck frequent fights with his wives, his business competitors, criminal gangs and communist cadres.’
    • ‘Each party complies with keeping with its own by-laws that are based on the political culture of its cadre and activists.’
    • ‘Quite understandably, his government was never popular among the Communist managerial cadre that lost a sizable part of its influence as well as possibilities for career growth.’
    • ‘He grabbed power in a civil war, not a revolution, and advocated voluntarism and cadres to force Socialism rather than evolve it.’
    • ‘For Catholic activists, the cadre, if you will, this is a major problem, whatever position, prolife or prochoice, one takes.’
    • ‘This requires the political education and training of those forces who will comprise the cadres of the world party of socialist revolution.’
    • ‘This means that the cadre of activists who run Scotland's leading party comprise an activist base of in the region of 2,000 people.’
    • ‘It is a factor in international debate and contributing to the development of a new cadre of socialists who will be instrumental in bringing Marxist thought into the working class by many means, including more traditional means.’
    • ‘It is only through the cadre that socialist politics and culture can be brought into the working class.’
    • ‘They relate personal accounts of food aid being distributed to the communist cadre or to the military.’
    • ‘The bosses and [Communist Party] cadres have it easy, they don't have to work overtime.’
    • ‘The result was a cadre of activists who were well versed in both lofty principles and winning elections, she explains.’
    • ‘China's communist cadres wanted them out and so the tanks rolled in.’
    • ‘Communist cadres, who are used to hearing eulogies from their subordinates and the general public, find such dissent very annoying and naturally want to get rid of it.’
    • ‘However, Communist party cadres still very much controlled everything, and the minders for my visit made out that this was ‘paradise on earth.’’
    • ‘Everything then depends on the existence of Marxist cadres who can politically educate and prepare the most advanced sections of the working population for the struggle for power.’
    1. 2.1 A member of an activist group.
      ‘two young cadres were elected to the politburo’
      • ‘Even today, Communist cadres are sometimes still referred to as ‘parent officials’ by the media.’
      • ‘Under reform, the village and its collective enterprises became much like a shareholding corporation, a commercial enterprise, with cadres as the executives.’
      • ‘He later became a communist cadre and was intermittently jailed for nine years on charges of spreading communist ideas in Nepal.’
      • ‘After coming to power, the coalition released all the cadres of terrorist organisations still in detention.’
      • ‘‘As a senior party member and a qualified cadre who has made no mistakes… he is using the weapon of the law to demand justice,’ the attorney said.’
      • ‘The public campaign asked for written comments about the publicly disclosed reports on the job evaluation of cadres in various government units.’
      • ‘The ex-second of the organization is already ostentatiously isolated, and the chairman of the party entered power with younger cadres from the movement.’
      • ‘Contracts are still often broken at will by rural Party cadres and the protesting peasants beaten up.’
      • ‘Young cadres, some as young as 16, were struggling with bamboo pens to write posters for tomorrow's rally.’
      • ‘A girl from a poor worker's family is not as formidable a target for friendship as one from a revolutionary cadre's family like Lu.’
      • ‘Petty cadres in a vast community of immigrants, they scheme to get a cut of their fellows' wages.’
      • ‘Some suggest that younger generation cadres in the leadership circle would be pragmatic in orientation and make significant changes to state policies if they came to power.’
      • ‘The aims of the school were to produce a new stratum of leading communist party cadres, young, proletarian, disciplined, and free of the taint of reformism.’
      • ‘This was, by all means, the most important era in the movement's life - during those times its cadres and supporters grew significantly and most of the movement's organisational institutions were established.’
      • ‘The main problem is that team owners and league officials aren't businessmen, they're usually cadres appointed by the Communist Party.’
      • ‘Suddenly, from nowhere, two scrawny young cadres step out from behind the bushes, pointing their rifles at us.’
      • ‘Scores of people, including councillors and cadres from different political parties, gathered at Nabukuyu Primary School to witness the distribution.’
      • ‘The organization said Wednesday the rebels lost four cadres, including two women, in the attack on the tanker, bringing the total death toll to seven.’


Mid 19th century: from French, from Italian quadro, from Latin quadrus ‘square’.