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 After the group was disbanded under Nazi occupation, its members continued to collaborate with the Nazis. Sam Sokol, sun-sentinel.com, "Rabbi helps dedicate a memorial to Ukrainian group that collaborated with the Nazis," 27 Aug. 2019 Collins became involved in the girls troop after his middle daughter’s Girl Scout troop disbanded. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "Scouts BSA Troop 682 in Poway now has a troop for girls," 8 Aug. 2019 Women kept playing after the league disbanded in 1954. Danny Jin, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why more girls are answering the call of ‘Play ball!’," 1 Aug. 2019 For years, Mexico relied on the military to confront organized crime, in some cases even disbanding local police forces because they had been infiltrated by cartels. ___ Associated Press Writer Jorge Barrera contributed to this report. Washington Post, "Mexican police revolt against plans to join National Guard," 5 July 2019 For years, Mexico relied on the military to confront organized crime, in some cases even disbanding local police forces because they had been infiltrated by cartels. Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "Mexico murder rate reaches all-time high," 4 July 2019 Pras Michél had lost his place in the limelight since the Fugees disbanded, but was hoping to reinvent himself as a private-equity investor, and Mr. Low held out the promise of funding. Bradley Hope, WSJ, "The Billion-Dollar Mystery Man and the Wildest Party Vegas Ever Saw," 15 Sep. 2018 Although the party has long since disbanded, the clinic has symbolized the chapter’s legacy for generations of patients. Christine Willmsen, The Seattle Times, "Black Panther Party’s legacy to help sick, poor lives on at Seattle health clinic," 25 Apr. 2018 Instead, the 28-person group had the year wrong in their calendars and played the national anthem of the former Yugoslavia, which was disbanded after the Balkan conflict in the early 1990s. SI.com, "National Anthem Antics: 6 Times Stadiums Got it Totally Wrong in International Fixtures," 8 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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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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