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Definition of discipline verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they discipline
    he / she / it disciplines
    past simple disciplined
    -ing form disciplining
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  1. 1discipline somebody (for something) to punish someone for something they have done The officers were disciplined for using racist language.
  2. 2discipline somebody to train someone, especially a child, to obey particular rules and control the way they behave a guide to the best ways of disciplining your child
  3. 3to control the way you behave and make yourself do things that you believe you should do discipline yourself Dieting is a matter of disciplining yourself. discipline yourself to do something He disciplined himself to exercise at least three times a week.
  4. disciplined
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    adjective a disciplined army/team a disciplined approach to work
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