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discipline

dis·ci·pline

discipline

 
pronunciation:
dI s plihn
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: training of the body or mind according to rules or principles.
The army uses various methods of discipline to prepare soldiers for fighting.
synonyms:
drill, regimen, training
similar words:
exercise, practice, routine, schooling
definition 2: control or determination brought about by training; self-control.
Getting up before dawn to run several miles each morning requires discipline.He wrote well, but he lacked the discipline to write professionally.
similar words:
regulation
definition 3: punishment for the sake of training or correction.
The child's parents don't believe in spanking as useful form of discipline.
synonyms:
chastisement, correction, punishment
similar words:
penalty, reprimand
definition 4: an area of study or learning.
Astronomy and biology are scientific disciplines.
synonyms:
field, subject
similar words:
course, curriculum, major, science, specialty
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: disciplined, disciplines, disciplining
definition 1: to train in accordance with rules or principles.
Practice helped to discipline the team.She's trying to discipline herself to avoid all snack foods.
synonyms:
coach, drill, train
similar words:
break in, exercise, instruct, prime, school, teach
definition 2: to punish for the sake of training or correcting.
His mother disciplined him severely when she heard he'd been skipping school.
synonyms:
chastise, punish
similar words:
castigate, chasten, penalize
definition 3: to cause to be orderly and regular.
He has to discipline himself to work effectively.
synonyms:
organize, train
similar words:
control, exercise, govern, manage, regiment, regulate
derivation: disciplined (adj.)
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