train for

train for (something)

1. To prepare physically or mentally for some event, task, or activity. If you want to get serious about this sport, then you need to start training for it in the off season. My sister has been busy training for her bar exam in order to become a lawyer. I'm training for a hike up Mount Everest next year.
2. To educate, coach, or prepare someone or an animal for some event, task, activity, role, etc. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "train" and "for." We'd like to start training you for a new position as our regional sales manager. The aging boxing legend agreed to train the new up-and-coming fighter for the match against the defending champion. These dogs are trained for sniffing out drugs being trafficked by travelers.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

train (someone or an animal) for something

to educate someone or an animal for some purpose. His parents trained him for work in the family business. He was trained for factory work.
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train for something

to practice or drill for some task. I am training for the marathon. We all have to train for the upcoming football season.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
While grandmother was trying to make me comfortable, grandfather went to the depot and learned that Wick Cutter had come home on the night express from the east, and had left again on the six o'clock train for Denver that morning.
She had no choice but to go on to Kansas City and take the first fast train for home.
On Jerry's return to the rank there was a good deal of laughing and chaffing at him for driving hard to the train for an extra fare, as they said, all against his principles, and they wanted to know how much he had pocketed.
Hostage negotiators must train for these new challenges.
If only Amtrak could figure out a way to let passengers drive the train for the brief minutes it approaches top speed, they'd have a winner on their hands.
It would mean encouraging iron supplementation, creating a training camp atmosphere to start the season, and to always train for a model race situation.
Inside trainers could link program concepts to concrete situations in the organization; because outside trainers train for a living, they keep their presentation skills finely tuned.
Trainees at one of the 37 occupational training centers choose, train for, and get an occupation that is offered to them.