Definition of toilet-train in US English:



[with object]
  • Teach (a young child) to use the toilet.

    ‘she was toilet-trained by the age of one’
    ‘books on toilet-training’
    • ‘Why didn't we toilet-train him sooner - or later?’
    • ‘If she is four and a half years old and has not been fully toilet-trained then that is cause for concern.’
    • ‘When he first went to school at five, he could hardly speak and was barely toilet-trained.’
    • ‘Parents should not punish accidents or behaviors that are part of normal development (such as thumb-sucking or toilet-training accidents in toddlers), and they should avoid teasing, shaming, or nagging.’
    • ‘He now has the mental capacity of an 18 month old and is nonverbal and not toilet-trained.’
    • ‘Consider using diapers or pull-ups for young children even if they are toilet-trained.’
    • ‘Children with VUR who are toilet-trained should be evaluated for voiding dysfunction.’
    • ‘Here's Ellison's account of the most daunting challenge parents of two-year-olds face - toilet-training them before they start pre-school.’
    • ‘Essentially, when you're accused of being a micromanager, what someone is really saying is that your mother didn't trust you to cross the street by yourself, or you were toilet-trained too early.’
    • ‘Some have not been properly toilet-trained, he says, while others have poor speaking and listening skills.’
    • ‘By the time he was three, he still had not been toilet-trained, although Hope had tried, many times.’
    • ‘A home programme is drawn up for the parents of the child regarding feeding, toilet-training and correct handling, after counselling at the centre.’
    • ‘The children were toilet-trained in one home and wore diapers in another.’
    • ‘How does such an institution deal with a child that at the time of the hearing could not feed itself and still was not fully toilet-trained.’
    • ‘Many clever devices are available to help anxious mothers and encourage the babies, including a musical potty, marketed with the slogan ‘Make toilet-training fast, easy, and fun!’.’
    • ‘I am currently in the process of toilet-training a three-year-old boy who has yet to be persuaded of the merits of abandoning his perfectly comfortable nappies in favour of a cold and draughty potty on the lawn.’
    • ‘Most children are toilet-trained for daytime between the ages of 2 1/2 to 5 years old.’
    • ‘I think the best toilet-training advice came from the group's leader, who advised waiting until summer - fewer clothes to worry about then.’
    • ‘I have dreamed about toilet-training him, but it's even more unlikely here than it usually is - the lid's kept closed, or a big old German shepherd drinks out of the toilet.’
    • ‘Aidan cannot feed himself and he is not toilet-trained.’



/ˈtɔɪlɪt ˌtreɪn/