Meaning of DISCIPLINE in English


I. ˈdi-sə-plən noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin disciplina teaching, learning, from discipulus pupil

Date: 13th century

1. : punishment

2. obsolete : instruction

3. : a field of study

4. : training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character


a. : control gained by enforcing obedience or order

b. : orderly or prescribed conduct or pattern of behavior

c. : self-control

6. : a rule or system of rules governing conduct or activity

• dis·ci·plin·al -plə-n ə l adjective

II. transitive verb

( -plined ; -plin·ing )

Date: 14th century

1. : to punish or penalize for the sake of discipline

2. : to train or develop by instruction and exercise especially in self-control


a. : to bring (a group) under control

discipline troops

b. : to impose order upon

serious writers discipline and refine their writing styles

Synonyms: see punish , teach

• dis·ci·plin·er noun

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