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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Traffic at the international terminal has soared as more overseas operators choose to land at Logan, sometimes requiring some planes to board or disembark on the tarmac during busy times. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, "Traffic at Logan is about to get worse, and Massport wants to you know it," 31 July 2019 The veteran defensive lineman disembarked a red-eye flight from Hawaii to Boston on Sunday morning and quickly made his way to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough to participate in his first full-pads training camp practice with the New England Patriots. Mark Farinella, courant.com, "Michael Bennett takes long route to first practice with Patriots," 29 July 2019 Men and women disembarked with children in their arms or staggering sleepily by their sides, looked around fearfully and wondered what to do. MarÍa Verza, Houston Chronicle, "Migrants sent back by US dumped in Mexico's Monterrey," 25 July 2019 In the middle of the Mall, at the Smithsonian Metro stop, people disembarked from the subway and headed either east to the symphony band shell, or west to the Jumbotron and MAGA encampment. Elizabeth Williamson, New York Times, "Two Americas, Celebrating Separately in One Place," 4 July 2019 The vessel was at port in the Black Sea Wednesday when the security service detained the tanker, allowing its 10 crew members to disembark and leave the country because they weren't involved in the November incident. Fox News, "Ukraine seizes Russian tanker involved in November conflict," 25 July 2019 The incident did not delay the flight that was headed to Port Harcourt in Nigeria's Niger Delta, however, passengers and crew members disembarked for another round of security checks, the airline said. Bukola Adebayo, CNN, "Man jumps on plane wing as it prepares for takeoff," 19 July 2019 There is one stop, where visitors can disembark to visit the Hanover Junction Museum. Lois Szymanski, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Central Carroll: Historical Society hosting first Sundae Scoop for National Ice Cream Day," 16 July 2019 Vacationers aboard the outbound Carnival Fantasy excursion that disembarked late Sunday were given a one-day, pro-rated refund from Carnival Cruise Lines. al.com, "Barry’s ‘rain event’ overwhelms sewer systems, but causes little damage," 15 July 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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