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


alight, descend, dismount, get down, light



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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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Private aid boats carried out some 40 percent of the rescue operations in January-April 2018 for migrants disembarked in Italian ports, including those first rescued by military and merchant vessels and later transferred to the aid groups’ ships. Frances D’emilio, BostonGlobe.com, "UN: June saw ‘exceptional’ rate of deaths in sea off Libya," 6 July 2018 The Italian coast guard vessel Dattilo was the first of the boats in the convoy bearing 630 migrants to reach the port, pulling in just before 7 a.m. The 274 rescued people on board disembarked after medical staff made a preliminary inspection. Renata Brito, BostonGlobe.com, "Convoy of rescued migrants reaches Spain," 17 June 2018 One man in shorts stood down a bus until the tourists disembarked. Rachel Pannett, WSJ, "Anger Over Tourists Swarming Vacation Hot Spots Sparks Global Backlash," 22 May 2018 Spain later accepted the ship, and the migrants disembarked in Valencia. Megan Specia, New York Times, "Italy and Malta Block Another Rescue Ship Carrying Migrants," 24 June 2018 The 270 migrants on board soon began to disembark after medical staff had made a preliminary inspection. Renata Brito, BostonGlobe.com, "Boats carrying 630 migrants dock in Spain," 17 June 2018 Passengers were left waiting to disembark via an air staircase then get interviewed by police. Madeleine Marr, miamiherald, "Another scary moment for Southwest passengers — this time on the ground | Miami Herald," 7 May 2018 Brunch: Upon disembarking, your Marination Ma Kai feast is right there waiting for you. Crystal Paul, The Seattle Times, "Seattle beyond the Space Needle: Pick an itinerary and explore this summer," 14 May 2018 Chen’s ordeal mirrors that of a Ryanair passenger who climbed out onto the wing while waiting to disembark a plane in Malaga, Spain, on Jan. 1. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "Airline passenger opens emergency exit while deplaning, gets fined $11,000," 1 May 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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