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English definition of “discipline”

discipline

verb [T]
 
 
/ˈdɪsəplɪn/
HR to deal with a worker who does not obey company rules, for example by giving them a written warning: discipline sb for (doing) sth He was disciplined for serious misconduct.
to carefully control the way that you work, live, or behave, especially to achieve a goal: discipline yourself to do sth Discipline yourself to clear out old files on a regular basis.
(Definition of discipline verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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