[ dih-sahy-puhl ]
/ dɪˈsaɪ pəl /
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a person who is a pupil or an adherent of the doctrines of another; follower: a disciple of Freud.
- one of the 12 personal followers of Christ.
- one of the 70 followers sent forth by Christ. Luke 10:1.
- any other professed follower of Christ in His lifetime.
any follower of Christ.
Disciple, a member of the Disciples of Christ.
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
synonym study for disciple
1. See pupil1.
OTHER WORDS FROM discipledis·ci·ple·like, adjectivedis·ci·ple·ship, noun
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How to use disciple in a sentence
This is New Testament preaching—discipling; and that is what the Master told us to do.
Love's discipling touch that seems at the moment like anger is only for a moment.Quiet Talks on Service|S. D. Gordon
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
Derived forms of disciplediscipleship, noundiscipular (dɪˈsɪpjʊlə), adjective
Word Origin for disciple
Old English discipul, from Latin discipulus pupil, from discere to learn
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