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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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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Yesterday morning, Wow Air abruptly disbanded its entire operation after eight years, and the result was total chaos. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Are the Discount Airlines Doomed?," 29 Mar. 2019 Now, with Wow disbanded and other discount carriers like Norwegian Airlines facing a similarly precarious financial future, Iceland's tourism industry could face a blow. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Discount Airline 'Wow' Shuts Down Out of Nowhere, Stranding Thousands of Passengers," 28 Mar. 2019 Unfortunately, she was only promoted to colonel by General Jesús Agustín Castro and her all-female militia was disbanded for being just that, a female brigade, according to Soldaderas in the Mexican Military. Teen Vogue, "Mexican Revolutionary Petra Herrera Posed as a Man to Fight for Her Country," 1 Apr. 2019 Mr Trump’s business council, meanwhile, was disbanded after many members left, most notably when the president blamed both sides for clashes between the far-right and its opponents in Charlottesville last summer. The Economist, "Business in the Republicans’ America is flourishing, but also changing," 24 May 2018 Two more excellent Spinanes records followed—1996’s Strand and 1998’s Arches and Aisles—and after the Spinanes disbanded, Gates continued to perform and put out her own music and Plouf joined those '90s stalwarts Built to Spill. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Taking to Rebecca Gates of The Spinanes, as Manos—a Lost '90s Indie-Rock Classic—Gets a Deluxe Reissue," 5 Dec. 2018 There’s no reason reform shouldn’t include disbanding a deportation squad (and transferring duties such as customs investigations elsewhere). Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "‘Abolish ICE’: The Roots of the Left’s New Immigration Rallying Cry," 26 June 2018 Police found the victims — one unresponsive and covered in blood — as a large crowd disbanded at East 35th Street and Prospect Avenue, police said. Cortlynn Stark, kansascity, "Police arrest suspects in Prospect Avenue assault that left woman critically hurt," 12 June 2018 By the 1970s, the cemetery company had lost many of its investors, and disbanded. Katie Park, Philly.com, "Amid weeds and toppled tombstones, historic Montgomery County cemetery struggles to rebuild," 11 June 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 How to pronounce disband (audio) \
disbanded; disbanding

Kids Definition of disband

: to break up and stop being a group

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to mark by some ceremony or observation

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