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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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Related Words for disbandment

exodus, overthrow, adjournment, demise, suspension, termination, disbandment, dispersion, dissolution, dispersal, escape, decease, ending, sleep, extinction, end, decay, dismissal, decomposition, conclusion

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Historical Examples of disbandment

  • 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.

  • Still, it was hoped that the disbandment of the 34th would put an end to the mutiny.

    India Under British Rule

    James Talboys Wheeler

British Dictionary definitions for disbandment


  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 disbandment



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

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