dis·​em·​bark | \ˌdis-əm-ˈbärk \

Definition of disembark 

transitive verb

: to remove to shore from a ship

intransitive verb

1 : to go ashore out of a ship

2 : to get out of a vehicle or craft

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Other Words from disembark

disembarkation \(ˌ)dis-​ˌem-​ˌbär-​ˈkā-​shən, -​bər-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for disembark


debark, land



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Examples of disembark in a Sentence

The plane's crew members were the last ones to disembark. the cruise passengers disembarked as soon as they got to the terminal in Miami

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On Monday, the ship asked French authorities to let the migrants disembark in the southern city of Marseille. Fox News, "The Latest: EU says Libya responsible for rescue ship," 25 Sep. 2018 As the pair prepared to get into Queen Elizabeth‘s waiting Bentley after disembarking from the royal train, there was a moment of confusion as Meghan appeared unsure who should get into the car first. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "How the Queen Avoided an Awkward Car Moment with Meghan Markle: ‘You Go First’," 14 June 2018 Many Americans were highly disturbed by the choice, and the jacket—which FLOTUS wore to board and disembark her plane at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland—ignited a fierce debate online and across cable news. Perrie Samotin, Glamour, "A History of Melania Trump's Most Talked-About Fashion Moments," 5 Oct. 2018 Fellow passenger Larry Coben also shared his firsthand view of the event, tweeting out photos of passengers having their temperature taken, as well as the CDC form passengers were required to fill out before disembarking. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Vanilla Ice and 500+ Other People Were Trapped on a Quarantined Plane Yesterday," 6 Sep. 2018 But after disembarking from the escalator, track down a bathroom or whip out your hand sanitizer to get rid of some of those germs. 3. Sophie Saint Thomas, SELF, "Wash Your Hands Immediately After Touching These 8 Things at the Airport," 30 Oct. 2018 He was disembarked by the Glory in Cozumel Monday, said Carnival spokeswoman AnneMarie Matthews. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "He posted on Facebook about a man going overboard. Weeks later, he plunged into the sea," 3 July 2018 After the plane touched down in Fargo, the three disembarked together, with the president pumping his fist to a bullpen of supporters watching on the tarmac. David Nakamura, chicagotribune.com, "Trump sounds triumphant at North Dakota rally," 28 June 2018 After an exploratory expedition of the Carolina coast, some 100 men disembarked in 1585 on a small island within the Outer Banks, only to desert their primitive fort for England when fresh supplies from home didn’t arrive. A. Roger Ekirch, WSJ, "‘The Secret Token’ Review: America’s First Unsolved Mystery," 17 June 2018

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First Known Use of disembark

1582, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for disembark

Middle French desembarquer, from des- dis- + embarquer to embark

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English Language Learners Definition of disembark

: to leave a ship or airplane

: to remove (something or someone) from a ship or airplane


dis·​em·​bark | \ˌdi-səm-ˈbärk \
disembarked; disembarking

Kids Definition of disembark

: to leave or remove from a ship or airplane

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a knickknack or trinket

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