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

transitive verb

: to break up the organization of : dissolve

intransitive verb

: to break up as an organization : disperse
disbandment noun

Examples of disband in a Sentence

They've decided to disband the club. The members of the organization have decided to disband.
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Word History


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

First Known Use

1591, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of disband was in 1591

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“Disband.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disband. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


dis·​band dis-ˈband How to pronounce disband (audio)
: to break up the organization of a group : disperse
disband the club
disbandment noun

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