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 disembark (audio) , -​bər-​ How to pronounce disembark (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 Tired of risking his ship, the captain forced Barnette to disembark around the site of present-day Fairbanks. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 18 July 2021 The plane lands safely after a turbulent flight but the occupants disembark to find that more than five years have elapsed and not just a few hours. Nasha Smith, Forbes, 28 Aug. 2021 Passengers were allowed to disembark in Belize for normal shore excursions with one additional precaution: All guests with a negative Covid-19 test were required to provide proof to Belize officials, with random testing for those without proof. Marnie Hunter, CNN, 13 Aug. 2021 The measures limited the size of ships using the Port of Key West and the number of passengers allowed to disembark daily. Jim Turner, sun-sentinel.com, 13 July 2021 The refugees had no legal authority to disembark and were blocked by British naval forces in a skirmish that left three people dead. Washington Post, 7 July 2021 The ship will return to St. Maarten Saturday to disembark. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 11 June 2021 Without the cruise ship business in Southcentral Alaska — where hundreds of thousands of guests would typically disembark, often bound for Denali — some companies will not do as well as others, tourism representatives said. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 22 June 2021 At the time, other cruise ships were reporting rising Covid-19 infections, leaving passengers stranded on board, unable to disembark. Natasha Chen And Kevin Conlon, CNN, 28 June 2021

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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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16 Sep 2021

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“Disembark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disembark. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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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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