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[dis-band] /dɪsˈbænd/
verb (used with object)
to break up or dissolve (an organization):
They disbanded the corporation.
verb (used without object)
to disperse.
Origin of disband
1585-95; < Middle French desbander, equivalent to des- dis-1 + -bander, derivative of bande troop, band1
Related forms
disbandment, noun
undisbanded, adjective Unabridged
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  • The regiment spent a few days in Pontefract and was then disbanded.

    Adventures and Recollections Bill o'th' Hoylus End
  • Having done so, he disbanded his army and returned home himself.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • Arrived here he disbanded the allies, and led the city troops homewards.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • Like Charles of Austria, he had disbanded his body-guard, and had retired to the cloister.

  • It would make some talk in the army, both the organised and the disbanded.

    The Point Of Honor Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for disbanded


to cease to function or cause to stop functioning, as a unit, group, etc
Derived Forms
disbandment, noun
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Word Origin and History for disbanded



1590s, from Middle French desbander (Modern French débander), in military sense, from des- (see dis-) + band (v.). Related: Disbanded; disbanding.

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