dis·​em·​bark | \ ˌdis-əm-ˈbärk How to pronounce disembark (audio) \
disembarked; disembarking; disembarks

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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disembarkation \ (ˌ)dis-​ˌem-​ˌbär-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce disembarkation (audio) , -​bər-​ How to pronounce disembarkation (audio) \ noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web All passengers who wanted to disembark in Sydney and find their own way home were allowed to do so. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Passengers Aboard the Only Three Cruise Ships Remaining at Sea Are Finally Disembarking Today," 20 Apr. 2020 Holland America President Orlando Ashford penned a column in the South Florida Sun Sentinel to plead with officials and residents to let the passengers disembark. Adriana Gomez Licon, Anchorage Daily News, "Passengers on cruise ships with coronavirus patients desperate for Florida to let them disembark," 31 Mar. 2020 Zaandam left Buenos Aires on March 7; after suspending operations on March 13, Holland America tried to end the cruise in Chile on March 16 so passengers could fly home, but authorities would not let anyone disembark. Hannah Sampson, Washington Post, "Stranded ship with sick passengers crosses Panama Canal, aims for Florida," 30 Mar. 2020 Those who are infected will disembark first and will be transported to local hospitals. Morgan Winsor, ABC News, "Coronavirus live updates: Italy expands lockdown to entire country," 9 Mar. 2020 In a statement Sunday, HHS said the Grand Princess would temporarily dock at a non-passenger port in San Francisco Bay, allowing the passengers to disembark and travel to military installations for medical screening, testing and quarantine. Lauren Caruba, ExpressNews.com, "More evacuees could arrive at Lackland by Monday for coronavirus quarantine," 7 Mar. 2020 Holland America said the 25 employees who had been scheduled to leave the ship last weekend will now disembark and make their way home. Daily Telegram Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Onsted family from cruise rerouted by coronavirus returns home," 21 Feb. 2020 In Poprad, about 75 miles west of Humenné, Edith and her friends disembarked from the train and were marched into an empty army barracks. National Geographic, "The first official Jewish transport to Auschwitz brought 999 young women. This is their story.," 14 Jan. 2020 Now the health officers were back with the first set of test results: The coronavirus hadn't disembarked with the elderly man in Hong Kong. Lauren Smiley, Wired, "27 Days in Tokyo Bay: What Happened on the Diamond Princess," 30 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of disembark was in 1582

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18 May 2020

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“Disembark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disembark. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce disembark (audio) \
disembarked; disembarking

Kids Definition of disembark

: to leave or remove from a ship or airplane

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