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 disband (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 Biden has resisted calls from his party’s progressive wings to disband Immigration and Customs Enforcement or dismantle DHS. Los Angeles Times, "Biden inherits border chaos from Trump but begets uncertainty and false hope," 20 Jan. 2021 Other cities around the country also have cut police budgets or are moving to do so, including an effort in Minneapolis to disband the city's force. Fox News, "LAPD probing possible 'blue flu' sick-out over July 4th weekend: report," 9 July 2020 The chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus said Thursday President Trump should disband his coronavirus task force to help the U.S. economy fully recover. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "Freedom Caucus chairman to Trump: Coronavirus task force hurting the economy," 2 July 2020 Demonstrators gathered near City Hall Wednesday to press the city council to disband Portland’s police force. oregonlive, "As Portland weighs police reforms, protesters call for bigger change (live updates)," 10 June 2020 Five advocacy groups are urging the Dallas school district to disband its police force because black students and those with disabilities are often more likely to face harsher run-ins with officers than their peers. Corbett Smith, Dallas News, "Dallas ISD should disband its police force, advocacy groups urge," 8 June 2020 After trying to force the militia to disband and surrender its weapons in court, one of the white travelers returned on the day of the hearing with more than 200 men and a cannon. Christopher Frear, Smithsonian Magazine, "Meet Joseph Rainey, the First Black Congressman," 5 Jan. 2021 All four members of the council earlier agreed to remove funding for and disband Portland police’s gun violence reduction team and its school resource officers unit as well as end the bureau’s stake in the multi-agency transit police division. oregonlive, "Portland City Council fails to agree on police spending, will revote on budget next week," 12 June 2020 Police had agreed to disband the controversial unit but protests continued. Stephanie Busari, CNN, "How a bloody night of bullets and brutality quashed a young protest movement," 18 Nov. 2020

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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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23 Feb 2021

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“Disband.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disband. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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