disband

verb
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

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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 Seven officers are under investigation in the case, and the Ziracuaretiro police department was essentially disbanded. Mark Stevenson, chicagotribune.com, "Avocados – ‘green gold’ for Mexico farmers – bring both riches and violence to country," 23 Oct. 2019 Seven officers are under investigation in the case, and the Ziracuaretiro police department was essentially disbanded. Mark Stevenson, USA TODAY, "They're not avocados, they're 'green gold,' and hyper-violent drug cartels have sights set on them," 23 Oct. 2019 Seven officers are under investigation in the case, and the Ziracuaretiro police department was essentially disbanded. Washington Post, "In Mexico, ‘green gold’ brings both riches and violence," 23 Oct. 2019 And while the agency’s directive did not implicate any Oregon Project runners, Nike issued a statement Friday saying that in part, the team was being disbanded due to unfair scrutiny being leveled at their athletes. oregonlive, "Nike shuts down the Nike Oregon Project professional distance-running group," 11 Oct. 2019 That view is one of the communities across the country losing an important cultural and economic engine should their local teams be disbanded. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "MLB proposal eliminates the minor leagues in Colorado. But Grand Junction and Colorado Springs are pushing back," 8 Dec. 2019 Lengel, who started at Northeastern but never played a game after the program was disbanded, also played for the Bengals and Browns. BostonGlobe.com, "The Pro Football Hall of Fame whittled the list of nominees for the 2020 class to 25 semifinalists. Former Patriots defensive end," 27 Nov. 2019 Despite all the warnings about the risks of tackle football in Marshall, two youth leagues popped up to replace the programs that had been disbanded in recent years. Ken Belson, New York Times, "A Small Town Gave Up Tackle Football. It Came Storming Back.," 16 Nov. 2019 The town has long been a hotbed of Japanese rugby and was the home of the Nippon Steel Kamaishi club, which has since been disbanded. San Diego Union-Tribune, "World Cup goes to area devastated by earthquake, tsunami," 24 Sep. 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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The first known use of disband was in 1591

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18 Jan 2020

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“Disband.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disband. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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disband

verb
How to pronounce disband (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of disband

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

disband

verb
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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