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1‘the scheme involved workers training their colleagues’
instruct, teach, coach, tutor, give lessons to, school, educate, upskill, edify, prime, drill, demonstrate something to, make something clear to
put someone through their paces
inculcate, indoctrinate, condition
2‘she is now training to be a hairdresser’
study, learn, prepare, be taught, take instruction, qualify
3‘with the Olympics in mind, athletes are training hard’
exercise, do exercises, work out, get into shape, practise, prepare
4‘the race is to include three horses that are trained in Dubai’
coach, drill, exercise, prepare, practise, ground, rehearse, make ready, make fit
5‘she trained the gun on his chest’
aim, point, direct, level, line something up, turn something on, fix something on, sight, position, focus
take aim, zero in on
1‘a minister and his train of attendants’
retinue, entourage, cortège, following, staff, household, court, suite
attendants, retainers, followers, bodyguards
2‘a train of elephants dragging logs’
procession, line, file, column, convoy, cavalcade, caravan, queue, rank, string, succession, progression, array
3‘this set in motion a bizarre train of events’
chain, string, series, sequence, succession, set, progression, course, cycle, line, row, order, trail, concatenation
4‘the bride wore a cream silk dress with a train’
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