DISCIPLE, n. [L., to learn.]1. A learner; a scholar; one who receives or professes to receive instruction from another; as the disciples of Plato.2. A follower; an adherent to the doctrines of another. Hence the constant attendants of Christ were called his disciples; and hence all Christians are called his disciples, as they profess to learn and receive his doctrines and precepts.
DISCIPLE, v.t. 1. To teach; to train, or bring up.2. To make disciples of; to convert to doctrines or principles.This authority he employed in sending missionaries to disciple all nations.3. To punish; to discipline. [Not in use.]