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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Other Words from disembark

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for disembark


debark, land



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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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His video shows families with children disembarking the vessel. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "As evacuations continue, hundreds of Bahamians were told to get off a ferry headed to the US," 9 Sep. 2019 Still, video from the Miami television station WSVN showed frustrated passengers disembarking in Freeport and lamenting that their hopes to reach Port Everglades, in Fort Lauderdale, had been dashed. New York Times, "Bahamas Hurricane Survivors, Desperate for Respite, Seek Passage to U.S.," 9 Sep. 2019 Photographs and video showed armored personnel carriers moving across the border and soldiers disembarking from ships. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "Amid Hong Kong protests, a garrison troop rotation raises fears about the Chinese military," 29 Aug. 2019 Visitors disembarking from the ferry were recently confronted with some unusual messages from the rangers. The Economist, "In America, art is helping prisoners adapt to life outside," 22 Aug. 2019 The trip soon came under fire in British tabloids as photographs emerged of the royals disembarking a private jet. Rachel E. Greenspan, Time, "Elton John Criticizes 'Malicious' Coverage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's French Vacation," 19 Aug. 2019 Elmcroft of Halcyon employees were supposed to maintain detailed logs of residents who boarded and disembarked from the facility van and conduct checks for residents before locking the vehicle. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, "State recommends yanking Montgomery assisted living facility’s license after resident’s death," 21 Aug. 2019 The Queen also uses a regular train service every year to start her Christmas break at Sandringham, boarding at London’s King’s Cross and disembarking at Norfolk’s King’s Lynn station. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "How Queen Elizabeth and the Royal Family Really Travel," 10 Aug. 2019 Passengers disembark to the right and are immediately replaced with riders stepping in from the left. 2. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Disneyland ride capacity: How long will you have to wait in line?," 16 Aug. 2019

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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 How to pronounce disembark (audio) \
disembarked; disembarking

Kids Definition of disembark

: to leave or remove from a ship or airplane

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