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verb (used without object)
  1. to go ashore from a ship.
  2. to leave an aircraft or other vehicle.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to remove or unload (cargo or passengers) from a ship, aircraft, or other vehicle.
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Origin of disembark

1575–85; < Middle French desembarquer, equivalent to des- dis-1 + embarquer to embark
Related formsdis·em·bar·ka·tion [dis-em-bahr-key-shuh n] /dɪsˌɛm bɑrˈkeɪ ʃən/, dis·em·bark·ment, noun
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  • "I'll bet everybody was glad to disembark at Schenectady," declared Stephen.

  • For a certain reason we had to disembark at Madras and return home to Calcutta.

    My Reminiscences

    Rabindranath Tagore

  • Then the note of a bugle close at hand startled us, and Ludar bade us disembark.

    Sir Ludar

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • Emob is the third plural of emel, to descend, to disembark, arrive.

  • The English could not disembark their troops to strengthen the Allies.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte

    William Milligan Sloane

British Dictionary definitions for disembark


  1. to land or cause to land from a ship, aircraft, etcseveral passengers disembarked; we will disembark the passengers
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Derived Formsdisembarkation (dɪsˌɛmbɑːˈkeɪʃən) or disembarkment, noun
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Word Origin and History for disembark


1580s, from Middle French desembarquer, from des- (see dis-) + embarquer (see embark). Related: Disembarkation; disembarked; disembarking.

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