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 Travelers will be able to disembark in each of the ports and explore the unique cultural treasures on land, including Jeddah's Old Town, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra, and the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "MSC Cruises Heading to Saudi Arabia for the First Time Ever Starting in November," 30 Apr. 2021 After a 19-day stand off, migrants remaining on board were allowed to disembark. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Italian right-wing leader Salvini to go on trial for not allowing migrant ship to dock," 18 Apr. 2021 Passengers seated in front of Yurkovich were asked to disembark and he was taken in for questioning. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "Police: United Airlines flight diverted, man arrested after 'report of someone's ear being bit off'," 21 Mar. 2021 Cruise lines were at the center of several deadly outbreaks in the early months of 2020 including several ships that would not allow passengers to disembark. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "Carnival Cruise Line cancels June sailings, holds off vaccine stance," 6 Apr. 2021 Passengers from two cruise ships were freed from their cabins and allowed to disembark in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., after the removal of 14 critically ill people who were taken to hospitals. BostonGlobe.com, "Today in History," 3 Apr. 2021 By decisive, even overwhelming margins, the voters approved ballot measures to immediately slash the number of passengers who can disembark daily as well as ban the biggest ships. Washington Post, "Rough waters in Key West as city, cruise industry and state lawmakers tangle over its future," 27 Mar. 2021 Indigenous people are also pictured trying to disembark from boats but being stopped. DÉbora Álvares, Star Tribune, "Brazil officials warn clash looms between Indigenous, miners," 20 Mar. 2021 Both ships quarantined until they were allowed to disembark in Port Everglades on April 3, 2020, after a heated standoff with local officials. Andrew Boryga, sun-sentinel.com, "A year ago, infected cruise passengers foretold our future. Now, the courts are deciding who’s to blame.," 14 Mar. 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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7 May 2021

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“Disembark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disembark. Accessed 12 May. 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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