Meaning of “discipline” in the English Dictionary

"discipline" in British English

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disciplinenoun

uk /ˈdɪs.ə.plɪn/ us /ˈdɪs.ə.plɪn/

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:

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.

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disciplineverb

uk /ˈdɪs.ə.plɪn/ us /ˈdɪs.ə.plɪn/

(Definition of “discipline” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"discipline" in American English

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disciplinenoun

us /ˈdɪs·ə·plən, -ˌplɪn/

discipline noun (TRAINING)

[ U ] training that produces obedience or self-control, often in the form of rules and punishments if these are broken, or the obedience or self-control produced by this training:

military discipline

[ U ] Discipline is also the ability to control a mental activity:

Learning a foreign language requires discipline.

discipline noun (SUBJECT)

[ C ] a particular area of study, esp. a subject studied at a college or university:

an academic discipline

disciplineverb [ T ]

us /ˈdɪs·ə·plən, -ˌplɪn/

discipline verb [ T ] (PUNISH)

to punish someone:

He was disciplined for his bad conduct.

(Definition of “discipline” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"discipline" in Business English

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disciplinenoun

uk /ˈdɪsəplɪn/ us

[ U ] the practice of making sure that people obey rules and do not cause problems:

Personnel rules are used to govern worker conduct and impose discipline on violators.
the strict discipline of prison

[ U ] also self-discipline the ability to make yourself do something, even if it is difficult, so that you can achieve a goal:

the discipline to do sth Working for a large firm gave him the confidence and discipline to start his own business.
For most people, saving money requires a lot of self-discipline.

[ C ] a subject or a particular type of work:

Our company actively recruits graduates for a wide range of disciplines including engineering, science, and business.

disciplineverb [ T ]

uk /ˈdɪsəplɪn/ us

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” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)