[ dis-uh-plin ]
/ ˈdɪs ə plɪn /


verb (used with object), dis·ci·plined, dis·ci·plin·ing.

Origin of discipline

1175–1225; Middle English < Anglo-French < Latin disciplīna instruction, tuition, equivalent to discipul(us) disciple + -ina -ine2

Related forms

Synonym study

12. See punish.
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British Dictionary definitions for discipline


/ (ˈdɪsɪplɪn) /


verb (tr)

to improve or attempt to improve the behaviour, orderliness, etc, of by training, conditions, or rules
to punish or correct

Derived Forms

disciplinable, adjectivedisciplinal (ˌdɪsɪˈplaɪnəl, ˈdɪsɪˌplɪnəl), adjectivediscipliner, noun

Word Origin for discipline

C13: from Latin disciplīna teaching, from discipulus disciple
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