Definition of retrain in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Teach (someone) new skills, especially so that they can do a different job.

    • ‘When a company has to train or retrain an employee, the panel can reimburse part of the training costs.’
    • ‘Many workers are middle-aged and cannot be easily retrained.’
    • ‘Larger companies have established their own programmes in order to retrain employees, as a result of the problems faced by the educational system and the speed with which ICT skills become outdated.’
    • ‘There was no attempt to retrain existing staff, nor provide a path toward rehiring in another discipline.’
    • ‘That meant retooling his workforce, retraining personnel and even repositioning the brand.’
    • ‘They have either retrained themselves in other professions or fields, or have had to be satisfied with accepting positions that are meant for individuals with lesser educational qualifications than they have.’
    • ‘This tack has relied heavily on retraining Coasties, who were welding and cleaning up pollution, to pick up guns and inspect ships.’
    • ‘Workers praised efforts by Big Blue to retrain people and find them other jobs at the firm.’
    • ‘Recruitment drives all but disappeared this year, with all companies preferring to retrain and rotate staff in an effort to maximise existing company resources.’
    • ‘Do we get overtime if we have to be retrained for yet another position?’
    • ‘He said the company had incurred unforeseen costs when it was forced retrain staff after losing its former workers following its provisional liquidation in 2001.’
    • ‘Most proposals for easing fishermen's transitions have centered on either retraining them through education programs or, more commonly, early retirement programs.’
    • ‘How do you retrain an engineer to become a nurse?’
    • ‘I feel maybe in the future he could be retrained to return to a different type of work or some office type of work at Inco in Port Colborne.’
    • ‘Moritz feels that one component of improving this situation is to retrain software engineers, both those practicing the craft and those moving through university programs today.’
    • ‘He said that the company was retraining its staff and investing large sums in new technology to increase efficiency and levels of customer service.’
    • ‘Capital Fitness rearranged staff to put employees in positions for which they were better suited and retrained the sales staff to be membership directors and ‘diagnose’ clients' needs and wants.’
    • ‘Coaching broadens the mind with learning, motivates and helps employees achieve their goals, and offers companies a means of reward to retrain and retain valuable employees.’
    • ‘World Vision fits the injured with prosthetic limbs and retrains them for work.’
    • ‘One option: retrain engineers and technicians for design work rather than pure manufacturing, which Malaysia is doing.’
    restore to health, restore to normality, reintegrate, readapt
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    1. 1.1no object Learn new skills so as to be able to do a different job.
      ‘a workforce which is willing to retrain’
      • ‘McKean retrained as a beauty therapist and, putting her knowledge of patient care to good use, set up Invigoration, a hospital-based beauty therapy service.’
      • ‘At a time when most small companies are slow to hire, many existing staff are now being asked to ‘double job’, taking on additional responsibilities and retraining in new job areas.’
      • ‘After graduating in Accounting and Finance and working in various city jobs (possibly the worst decision of his life), Sartaj retrained and became an actor, focusing initially theatre and then television, film and radio later on.’
      • ‘If you have a masters or doctorate in software, what do you retrain for?’
      • ‘As it turns out, he has had an opportunity to retrain and his employment prospects and therefore his remuneration are increasing.’
      • ‘At the same time, we should do what we can to help U.S. workers displaced by shifting trade patterns to retrain and relocate, if necessary.’
      • ‘If his disease can be controlled, he has thought about returning to school to retrain at something to get himself back into the workforce.’
      • ‘The chief engineer of Pickett (the slide rule company) was undoubtedly faced with retraining for a position in a different industry.’
      • ‘All three women went on to retrain in a variety of beauty and holistic healing therapies, before relocating to Dublin.’
      • ‘Five years later, at the age of forty-four, he retrained as a barrister and, from 1917, practised at the parliamentary bar.’
      • ‘If not, think about retraining and perhaps talking to a life coach about options open to you.’
      • ‘We do this by making sure that all our staff, particularly our technical staff, are continually trained and retrained,’ he said.’
      • ‘While the wife retrained and started working it took her longer than she expected to find work.’
      • ‘At any rate, she has (very gutsily) elected to retrain as a journalist, and (still more gutsily) chosen to write a memoir of her playing days as her first book.’
      • ‘Rather than face a lifetime of career uncertainty, some of those made redundant were beginning to consider retraining in a well-paying trade area.’
      • ‘By 1920, roughly 15 percent of the disabled veterans retraining in New York City were studying language arts or elementary social studies simultaneous with coursework in specific trades.’
      • ‘We can provide income support and a systematic way to retrain.’
      • ‘Also present were individuals who were there to further their education or retrain for a change of job direction.’
      • ‘She wishes to retrain as a nurse and to obtain work in the nursing field.’
      • ‘Others, regardless of their wounds, destitution, or dead-end occupations received disability benefits, but no invitation to retrain for new careers.’