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disband

[dis-band] /dɪsˈbænd/
verb (used with object)
1.
to break up or dissolve (an organization):
They disbanded the corporation.
verb (used without object)
2.
to disperse.
Origin of disband
1585-1595
1585-95; < Middle French desbander, equivalent to des- dis-1 + -bander, derivative of bande troop, band1
Related forms
disbandment, noun
undisbanded, adjective
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  • This is to Krasaletzki, to provide for the disbandment of his legion.

    The Daltons, Volume II (of II) Charles James Lever
  • That seems to point either to his death or the disbandment of his crew.

    Across the Spanish Main Harry Collingwood
  • disbandment and readjustment, to a civil basis, was then in order.

    Between the Lines

    Henry Bascom Smith
  • It was tantamount to a disbandment of the entire government.

  • Under such circumstances there was no alternative but disbandment.

    India Under British Rule

    James Talboys Wheeler
  • Still, it was hoped that the disbandment of the 34th would put an end to the mutiny.

    India Under British Rule

    James Talboys Wheeler
  • The second from the summer of 1867 to the date of its disbandment in the early part of the year 1869.

    Ku Klux Klan J. C. Lester
  • Perhaps the most impressive sight of all was the disbandment of workmen from the yards.

  • The disbandment of mutinous regiments was one of the punitive measures carried out by the Supreme Administration or Command.

    The Russian Turmoil

    Anton Ivanovich Denikin
  • A quarter of a century had elapsed after the disbandment of our regiment before I saw the comrade who rode with me from Bull Run.

    Drum Taps in Dixie Delavan S. Miller
British Dictionary definitions for disbandment

disband

/dɪsˈbænd/
verb
1.
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 disbandment

disband

v.

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

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