- to break up or dissolve (an organization): They disbanded the corporation.
- to disperse.
Origin of disband
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Examples from the Web for disband
Odessa experts and politicians do not expect either camp to disband before the presidential elections in May.Pro-Russian Militias Are Roaming Odessa
March 6, 2014
After the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libyan leaders promised to quickly to disband militias.Libyan Government Turns to Ansar Al-Sharia Militia for Crime-Fighting Help
February 26, 2013
Without jobs, it will be harder to persuade young men to give up their weapons and to disband their militias.One Year Later, Libya’s Long Road Continues
October 22, 2012
It will not be easy to persuade militias to disband with payback sentiments like those.
Without work, many militiamen will have little incentive to disband.
The only course left was to disband the regiment, which was done.
When Scott had finished his inspection the men started to disband.The Mountain Divide
Frank H. Spearman
The War Office had decided to disband the garrison and remove its guns!Major Vigoureux
A. T. Quiller-Couch
Governor Johnson issued a proclamation to them to disband and disperse.The Story of the Outlaw
Why does Sabat Jung so earnestly desire me to disband my troops?Athelstane Ford
- to cease to function or cause to stop functioning, as a unit, group, etc
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Word Origin and History for disband
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