Dis*ci"ple, v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Discipled (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
Discipling.] 1. To teach; to train.
That better were in virtues
2. To punish; to discipline. [Obs.]
3. To make disciples of; to convert to
doctrines or principles. [R.]
Sending missionaries to disciple all
nations. E. D. Griffin.
Dis*ci"ple (?), n. [OE.
disciple, deciple, OF. disciple, fr. L.
discipulus, fr. discere to learn (akin to docere
to teach; see Docile) + prob. a root meaning to turn or
drive, as in L. pellere to drive (see Pulse).]
One who receives instruction from another; a scholar; a learner;
especially, a follower who has learned to believe in the truth of the
doctrine of his teacher; an adherent in doctrine; as, the
disciples of Plato; the disciples of our
The disciples, or The twelve
disciples, the twelve selected companions of Jesus; --
also called the apostles. -- Disciples of
Christ. See Christian, n., 3,
Syn. -- Learner; scholar; pupil; follower; adherent.