dis·​band | \dis-ˈband \

Definition of disband 

transitive verb

: to break up the organization of : dissolve

intransitive verb

: to break up as an organization : disperse

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Other Words from disband

disbandment \-​ˈban(d)-​mənt \ 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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The Food and Drug Administration disbanded its Food Advisory Committee, which advised on food safety. New York Times, BostonGlobe.com, "In Trump administration, science advice unwelcome," 9 June 2018 The Food and Drug Administration disbanded its Food Advisory Committee, which provided guidance on food safety. New York Times, "In the Trump Administration, Science Is Unwelcome. So Is Advice.," 9 June 2018 Most Bikram yoga studios have disbanded and renamed their companies, but some still practice his technique. refinery29.com, "Why This Podcast Is Investigating Yoga's #MeToo Moment," 22 May 2018 New entertainment is coming to Mass Ave Theatre on the Square — the 29-year-old envelope-pushing producing organization — has officially disbanded. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "$20 for big 2018 shows, new Mass Ave entertainment & Fleetwood Mac comes to Indy," 25 Apr. 2018 In the meantime, the army of homeless who used to fill Helsinki’s homeless shelters has been disbanded. Gordon F. Sander, The Christian Science Monitor, "Finland's homeless crisis nearly solved. How? By giving homes to all who need.," 21 Mar. 2018 Dire Straits disbanded 25 years and leader Mark Knopfler has been silent about the Inductions. Troy L. Smith, cleveland.com, "Don't expect Dire Straits to perform at the Rock Hall Ceremony," 20 Mar. 2018 However, the Taliban has rejected formal talks with the Afghan government, partially because President Ashraf Ghani’s administration wants the Taliban to disband. Alex Ward, Vox, "Why some experts are cautiously optimistic about peace talks with the Taliban," 3 Aug. 2018 As the gathering wrapped up and the clerics were about to disband, another suicide bomber struck near the site, killing seven people. Washington Post, "Peace in Afghanistan more elusive as Taliban shrug off talks," 11 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of disband

: to end an organization or group (such as a club)


dis·​band | \dis-ˈband \
disbanded; disbanding

Kids Definition of disband

: to break up and stop being a group

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