Discipline - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈdɪsəplɪn|  American pronunciation of the word discipline
Brit.  |ˈdɪsɪplɪn|  British pronunciation of the word discipline


- a branch of knowledge (syn: bailiwick, field, study, subject)
in what discipline is his doctorate?
- a system of rules of conduct or method of practice
he quickly learned the discipline of prison routine
for such a plan to work requires discipline
- the trait of being well behaved
he insisted on discipline among the troops
- training to improve strength or self-control
- the act of disciplining (syn: correction)
the offenders deserved the harsh discipline they received


- develop (a child's or animal's) behavior by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control (syn: check, condition, train)
Parents must discipline their children
- punish in order to gain control or enforce obedience (syn: correct, sort out)
The teacher disciplined the pupils rather frequently

Extra examples

The teacher has a hard time maintaining discipline in the classroom.

The troops were praised for their dedication and discipline.

Some parents feel that the school's principal has been too harsh in meting out discipline.

Keeping a journal is a good discipline for a writer.

She was disciplined for misbehaving in class.

He seems unwilling or unable to discipline his children.

I'm trying to discipline myself to eat less.

No part of early education is more important than the discipline of the imagination.

She disciplined herself to exercise every day.

The book gives parents advice on discipline.

Working from home requires a good deal of discipline.

Martial arts teach respect, discipline, and cooperation.

Learning poetry is a good discipline for the memory.

The officers were later disciplined.

Different cultures have different ways of disciplining their children.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: discipline
he/she/it: disciplines
present participle: disciplining
past tense: disciplined
past participle: disciplined
singular: discipline
plural: disciplines
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