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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Elsewhere, progressives have called for forcibly disbanding the National Rifle Association, freedom of association be damned. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The Reflex toward Illiberal Democracy," 7 Aug. 2019 With a unanimous vote, the council passed the first reading of an ordinance to disband the board. Priscella Vega, Daily Pilot, "With public art master plan pending, Huntington Beach council moves to dissolve art board," 16 July 2019 From the Big East’s founding in 1979 to its disbanding in 2013, few teams were more synonymous with the conference than UConn - 7 Big East tournament titles for the men and 18 for the women will do that. Kevin Vellturo, courant.com, "13 memorable moments from UConn’s time in the Big East," 25 June 2019 The Clackamas County city thought its second attempt to disband worked. oregonlive.com, "Bill to end zombie city Damascus sent to Oregon governor’s desk," 25 June 2019 Cha Vang ran into trouble several times in the Twin Cities, including for alleged influence peddling in the mayor’s office and for siphoning funds from the nonprofit, which was disbanded after the incident. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Cha Vang, son of late Hmong leader, charged with felony theft in gold-selling scheme," 3 June 2019 But the Six failed to catch on with listeners in either camp, and soon disbanded. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "Bob Wilber, Champion of Jazz’s Legacy, Is Dead at 91," 9 Aug. 2019 The Continental Navy functioned during the Revolutionary War but was disbanded after the war ended. Leah Asmelash And Katherine Dillinger, CNN, "Coast Guard Day celebrates America's smallest military branch. Here's what you should know," 4 Aug. 2019 The officers include a commander, lieutenant, sergeant and two of the arresting officers, all part of a vice unit that was later disbanded. chicagotribune.com, "Five Columbus police officers face discipline for arrest of Stormy Daniels in strip club raid," 1 Aug. 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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