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disciplinenoun

 us   /ˈdɪs·ə·plən, -ˌplɪn/
  • discipline noun (TRAINING)

[U] training that ​producesobedience or ​self-control, often in the ​form of ​rules and ​punishments if these are ​broken, or the ​obedience or ​self-controlproduced by this ​training: military discipline [U] Discipline is also the ​ability to ​control a ​mentalactivity: Learning a ​foreignlanguagerequires discipline.
  • discipline noun (SUBJECT)

[C] a ​particulararea of ​study, esp. a ​subjectstudied 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 ​badconduct.
(Definition of discipline from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"discipline" in British English

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disciplinenoun

uk   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 ​behaviourproduced by this ​training: parental/​military/​school discipline There should be ​tougher discipline in ​schools. I don't have enough (self) discipline to ​savemoney. [U] the ​ability to ​control yourself or other ​people, ​even in ​difficultsituations: Maintaining ​classroom discipline (= ​control of the ​students) is the first ​task of every ​teacher.

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  • discipline noun (SUBJECT)

C2 [C] a ​particulararea of ​study, ​especially a ​subjectstudied at a ​college or ​university

disciplineverb

uk   us   /ˈdɪs.ə.plɪn/
(Definition of discipline from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"discipline" in Business English

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disciplinenoun

uk   us   /ˈdɪsəplɪn/
[U] the ​practice of making sure that ​people obey ​rules and do not cause problems: Personnel ​rules are used to ​governworkerconduct 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, ​savingmoneyrequires a lot of self-discipline.
[C] a ​subject or a particular ​type of ​work: Our ​company actively ​recruitsgraduates for a wide ​range of disciplines ​includingengineering, ​science, and ​business.

disciplineverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈdɪsəplɪn/
HR to ​deal with a ​worker who does not obey ​companyrules, 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 ​regularbasis.
(Definition of discipline from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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