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

transitive verb

: to remove to shore from a ship

intransitive verb

: to go ashore out of a ship
: to get out of a vehicle or craft

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 Data from just one port—Montevideo, Uruguay—showed that for much of the past decade, one dead body has been disembarked there per month, mostly from Chinese fishing ships. Ian Urbina, TIME, 26 Oct. 2023 The best of the northeast’s autumn splendors were on full display on this itinerary, which began in Manhattan and made its way north with stops in Boston, Halifax, and Cape Breton Island, before disembarking in Quebec City. Sarah Khan, Robb Report, 23 Oct. 2023 Unlike the wonderful crew who stays on a ship for months at a time, guest entertainers often board a vessel for only a week or two before disembarking to their next destination. Vanessa Armstrong, Travel + Leisure, 27 Sep. 2023 Small screens in the cart show each rider’s score, and the riders can compare scores on the ride’s last screen before disembarking. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Sep. 2023 Passengers from Israel who were about to disembark were ordered back onto the plane. Robyn Dixon, Washington Post, 30 Oct. 2023 Seek Solid Ground For some individuals, the only way to find relief from motion sickness is to disembark from the boat or plane. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 28 Oct. 2023 Recommended In Gaza, a different view of the Hamas raid on Israel As interior minister in a 2018-2019 populist government, Mr. Salvini kept rescue boats in the Mediterranean waiting days, even weeks, for permission to enter port to disembark migrants. Frances D'emilio, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 Oct. 2023 By pushing out narrow bridges, the ants are better able to search for a place to disembark. Victoria Sayo Turner, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1582, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of disembark was in 1582

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“Disembark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disembark. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


dis·​em·​bark ˌdis-əm-ˈbärk How to pronounce disembark (audio)
: to go or put ashore from a ship
the passengers disembarked

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