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

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Other Words from disband

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for disband


break up, disperse, dissolve


band, join, unite

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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.

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When that trio disbanded, Keserich-Vance decided to keep Nash as her stage name. Graydon Megan, chicagotribune.com, "Martha Keserich-Vance, sang with big bands in Chicago and northwest Indiana, dies," 28 June 2019 Bedford and Bedford Heights Fourth of July Parade: Parade starts in Bedford at Columbus Street and Washington Street, proceeds east on Columbus Road to Perkins Road, disbanding at City Hall. Greg Burnett, cleveland.com, "Fourth of July celebrations in and around Cleveland," 27 June 2019 Twice disbanded, the Reggae Girlz became the first Caribbean team to qualify for the Women's World Cup and did so thanks to the financial help of Bob Marley's daughter. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "Women's World Cup: Record-breaking feats, empty seats -- the story so far," 21 June 2019 And some of the decisions that backfired most severely by alienating the Sunnis — such as disbanding the Iraqi military and pursuing aggressive de-Baathification — were rooted in an understandable need to appease Iraq’s majority Shia population. Hal Brands, National Review, "Lessons from the Iraq War," 20 June 2019 The team, made up almost entirely of Americans anyway, played one season, which was poorly attended and ended in a losing record, before disbanding. Marc Bain, Quartz, "The Raptors’ win adds a new chapter in Toronto’s surprising NBA history," 14 June 2019 There are 10 teams and no talk of any of them disbanding after this season. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Rattlers, Kevin Guy lead charge to make the Indoor Football League bigger, stronger," 14 June 2019 Blamed for the accident, the Avengers disband only to realize five years later the need to bring the team back together. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Marvel's Avengers video game: What we know so far," 11 June 2019 When the frats disbanded, everyone was cheering and crying and hugging each other. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Swarthmore College Fraternities Disbanded After Student Organizers Held a Multi-Day Frat House Sit-In Protest," 2 May 2019

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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 How to pronounce disband (audio) \
disbanded; disbanding

Kids Definition of disband

: to break up and stop being a group

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