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 dioceses’ effort to have the grand jury disbanded revolved around the legal steps taken in its first months. Peter Smith, Philly.com, "Two Pa. dioceses tried to block grand jury probe into clergy sex abuse, documents show," 29 June 2018 Over the coming month, the theft unit that Anchorage police once disbanded due to low staffing will be revived with three detectives who will initially focus on vehicle theft. Kyle Hopkins, Anchorage Daily News, "After a record year for property crime in Anchorage, car thefts are skyrocketing in 2018," 28 June 2018 Though Pantera disbanded shortly after their final album, the Abbott brothers would go on to form Damageplan in 2003. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Vinnie Paul, Legendary Metal Band Drummer, Dead at 54," 23 June 2018 The group was formed by Volkswagen, BMW AG and Daimler AG in 2007 and disbanded after news of the tests became public. Oliver Sachgau, Bloomberg.com, "Volkswagen Reinstates Lobbyist After Monkey Test Investigation," 6 June 2018 In April, Eagle Park opened a brewery and restaurant at 823 E. Hamilton St., the spot previously used by Like Minds Brewing, which expected to move to Bay View but disbanded. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Component Brewing plans to open in the Lincoln Warehouse," 25 May 2018 The law, which went into effect last week, mandates that membership in teachers unions must be at least 50 percent of a district’s teaching staff or the union could be disbanded. Leslie Postal, OrlandoSentinel.com, "New teachers union rules spark debate — and more dues-paying members," 12 July 2018 Nineteen senior investigators at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have called for the government agency to be disbanded in a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "19 ICE investigators call for agency to be disbanded in letter amid 'abolish ICE' protests," 1 July 2018 Minor league teams were disbanding and about 500 major league players had headed off to the war. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Catch a Game at These Still-Functional All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Ballparks This Summer," 29 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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The first known use of disband was in 1591

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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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to reject or criticize sharply

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