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dis·ci·pline

discipline

 
 
pronunciation:
dI s plihn
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: training of the body or mind to bring about good performance and good behavior.
The army uses various methods of discipline to prepare soldiers.Their teacher believes in discipline and will not accept bad behavior in her class.
synonyms:
drill, training
similar words:
exercise, practice, routine
definition 2: control or determination brought about by training; self-control.
He writes well, but he doesn't have enough discipline to finish anything he starts.Alicia wants to be healthier, but she says it takes a lot of discipline to stay away from snacks.
similar words:
regulation
definition 3: punishment for the sake of training or changing behavior.
He was given severe discipline for breaking the rules.
synonyms:
correction, punishment
similar words:
penalty
definition 4: an area of study or learning.
Astronomy and biology are scientific disciplines.
synonyms:
field, subject
similar words:
course, curriculum, major, specialty
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: disciplines, disciplining, disciplined
definition 1: to train or cause (another or others) to act in accordance with rules or proven ways of getting good results.
Good coaching and practice helped to discipline the team.
synonyms:
coach, drill, train
similar words:
break in, exercise, instruct, prime, school, teach
definition 2: to train or control (oneself) in order to follow principles or stick to one's own decisions.
She'll have to discipline herself if she wants to become a really good skater. She has to work very hard and make herself practice things over and over.
synonyms:
organize, train
similar words:
control, exercise, govern, manage, regulate
definition 3: to punish for the sake of training or changing behavior.
He had to discipline his dog for jumping on people.
synonyms:
punish
similar words:
penalize
derivation: disciplined (adj.)
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