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noun discipline pronunciation in American English /ˈdɪsəplɪn/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the practice of making people obey rules of behavior and punishing them if they do not
    He believes in strict discipline.
    impose discipline: He reacted by imposing tough discipline and demanding better results.
    1. a.
      a strict set of rules that controls an activity or situation
      the discipline of the market
      maintain discipline: It is the teacher’s job to maintain discipline.
    2. b.
      the ability to control your own behavior
      Their attention wandered and they lacked the discipline to learn.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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