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verb (used with object)
  1. to break up or dissolve (an organization): They disbanded the corporation.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to disperse.
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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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  1. to cease to function or cause to stop functioning, as a unit, group, etc
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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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