verb (used with object)

to break up or dissolve (an organization): They disbanded the corporation.

verb (used without object)

to disperse.

Nearby words

  1. disaster area,
  2. disaster capitalism,
  3. disastrous,
  4. disavow,
  5. disavowal,
  6. disbar,
  7. disbelief,
  8. disbelieve,
  9. disbosom,
  10. disbound

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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British Dictionary definitions for disband



to cease to function or cause to stop functioning, as a unit, group, etc
Derived Formsdisbandment, noun

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Word Origin and History for disband



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

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