[ dih-sahy-puhl ]
/ dɪˈsaɪ pəl /
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  1. one of the 12 personal followers of Christ.
  2. one of the 70 followers sent forth by Christ. Luke 10:1.
  3. any other professed follower of Christ in His lifetime.
any follower of Christ.
Disciple, a member of the Disciples of Christ.
a person who is a pupil or an adherent of the doctrines of another; follower: a disciple of Freud.

verb (used with object), dis·ci·pled, dis·ci·pling.

Archaic. to convert into a disciple.
Obsolete. to teach; train.



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Origin of disciple

First recorded before 900; Middle English, from Anglo-French, Old French, from Latin discipulus, equivalent to dis- dis-1 + -cip(ere), combining form of capere “to take” + -ulus -ule; replacing Middle English deciple, from Anglo-French de(s)ciple; replacing Old English discipul, from Latin, as above
4. See pupil1.
dis·ci·ple·like, adjectivedis·ci·ple·ship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for disciple

/ (dɪˈsaɪpəl) /


a follower of the doctrines of a teacher or a school of thought
one of the personal followers of Christ (including his 12 apostles) during his earthly life
discipleship, noundiscipular (dɪˈsɪpjʊlə), adjective
Old English discipul, from Latin discipulus pupil, from discere to learn
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