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 Nearby Italy has also taken a hard-line stance on allowing migrants rescued in the Central Mediterranean to disembark on its shores. Megan Specia, New York Times, "Tanker Asked to Rescue Migrants Off Malta Is Denied Permission to Dock," 4 Sep. 2020 Now the ship is sailing to the Falkland Islands off the coast of Argentina, where the Clarks and more than 300 other passengers hope to disembark and fly home, more than a week later than planned. Tiney Ricciardi, The Denver Post, "Coloradans stranded abroad as coronavirus disrupts global travel," 20 Mar. 2020 On clear mornings a few months a year, cruise ship passengers disembark here. Craig Welch, National Geographic, "The tree at the bottom of the world—and the wind-blasted trek to find it," 7 July 2020 Sick passengers are expected to disembark first, followed by California residents, most of whom will be bused to the Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: March 9," 19 June 2020 Trost emphasized that trains still stop at closed stations, allowing passengers to disembark and walk through a security grille. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Why did BART close these particular stations during protests?," 3 June 2020 By then, Crozier was dismissed, and sickened by the virus, and the Navy worked with the governor of Guam to rent hotel space to disembark about 4,000 sailors for self-isolation. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Navy upholds decision to terminate Roosevelt Capt. Brett Crozier over coronavirus warning," 19 June 2020 Some ports do not allow crews to disembark, or enforce a 14-day quarantine, making staffing changes impossible. Hanna Ziady, CNN, "A new threat to global trade: Exhausted crews want off cargo ships now," 18 June 2020 It’s also one of the northernmost stops on the Napa Valley Wine Train route, so trainloads of tourists disembark here every day. Virginie Boone, SFChronicle.com, "Charles Krug: Drink in the history at Napa’s Valley’s oldest tasting room," 9 June 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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15 Sep 2020

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“Disembark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disembark. Accessed 1 Oct. 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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