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verb (used with object)
  1. to break up or dissolve (an organization): They disbanded the corporation.
verb (used without object)
  1. to disperse.

Origin of disband

1585–95; < Middle French desbander, equivalent to des- dis-1 + -bander, derivative of bande troop, band1
Related formsdis·band·ment, nounun·dis·band·ed, adjective
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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</p>

    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</p>

    James Talboys Wheeler

British Dictionary definitions for disbandment


  1. to cease to function or cause to stop functioning, as a unit, group, etc
Derived Formsdisbandment, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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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