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discipline

noun uk   /ˈdɪs.ə.plɪn/ us  

discipline noun (TRAINING)

B2 [U] training that makes people more willing to obey or more able to control themselves, often in the form of rules, and punishments if these are broken, or the behaviour produced by this training: parental/military/school discipline There should be tougher discipline in schools. I don't have enough (self) discipline to save money. [U] the ability to control yourself or other people, even in difficult situations: Maintaining classroom discipline (= control of the students) is the first task of every teacher.

discipline noun (SUBJECT)

C2 [C] a particular area of study, especially a subject studied at a college or university

discipline

verb uk   /ˈdɪs.ə.plɪn/ us  

discipline verb (PUNISH)

[T] to punish someone: A senior civil servant has been disciplined for revealing secret government plans to the media.

discipline verb (CONTROL)

[T] to teach someone to behave in a controlled way: [+ to infinitive] I'm trying to discipline myself to eat less chocolate.
(Definition of discipline from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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