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 formsdis·band·ment, nounun·dis·band·ed, adjective
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Related Words for disbanded

destroy, dissolve, demobilize, disperse, fold, scatter, separate

Examples from the Web for disbanded

Contemporary Examples of disbanded

Historical Examples of disbanded

  • The regiment spent a few days in Pontefract and was then disbanded.

    Adventures and Recollections

    Bill o'th' Hoylus End

  • Having done so, he disbanded his army and returned home himself.



  • Arrived here he disbanded the allies, and led the city troops homewards.



  • Like Charles of Austria, he had disbanded his body-guard, and had retired to the cloister.

  • It would make some talk in the army, both the organised and the disbanded.

    The Point Of Honor

    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for disbanded



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 disbanded



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

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