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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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Examples from the Web for disbandment
Historical Examples
  • 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


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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