dis·​band | \ dis-ˈband How to pronounce disband (audio) \
disbanded; disbanding; disbands

Definition of disband

transitive verb

: to break up the organization of : dissolve

intransitive verb

: to break up as an organization : disperse

Other Words from disband

disbandment \ dis-​ˈban(d)-​mənt How to pronounce disband (audio) \ noun

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Examples of disband in a Sentence

They've decided to disband the club. The members of the organization have decided to disband.
Recent Examples on the Web On Monday, almost all of the ship’s 4,500-member crew will disband and follow new orders to a shrinking number of U.S. Navy ships and stations around the world. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Apr. 2022 The Minneapolis City Council unanimously passed a resolution intending to disband their police department and create a new model of public safety in response to the death of George Floyd. Washington Examiner, 16 June 2020 The song had a resurgence during the 2020 #EndSARS movement, which aimed to disband a controversial police unit targeting young Nigerians and immigrants. Emanuel Okusanya, Variety, 29 Apr. 2022 Some called for the entire Parliament to disband to make way for a younger leadership. Krishan Francis, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 Apr. 2022 More than 50 civil society organizations or rights groups have been forced to disband since the law was implemented. NBC News, 15 Mar. 2022 The commission completed its primary responsibility drawing and approving new voting districts for Michigan for the next decade last December, but there remains uncertainty about when the commission will disband. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, 24 Mar. 2022 The air bubble arrangements will disband once regular flights resume on March 27, Scindia said. Biman Mukherji, Fortune, 9 Mar. 2022 Adebayo Oke-Lawal, the 31-year-old Nigerian designer behind androgynous fashion label, Orange Culture Nigeria, has created a brand that offers itself as a means to disband traditional cultural stereotypes on who a man should be. Essence, 28 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of disband

1591, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for disband

Middle French desbander, from des- dis- + bande band

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The first known use of disband was in 1591

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18 May 2022

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dis·​band | \ dis-ˈband How to pronounce disband (audio) \
disbanded; disbanding

Kids Definition of disband

: to break up and stop being a group

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