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

Other Words from disembark

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 Massive numbers of cruise guests are expected to disembark at Seward and Whittier this season — the first cruise stops in Southcentral Alaska in two years — and make their way to Anchorage. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 15 May 2022 Panama’s Pacific coast for more than two months, unable to disembark. Konrad Putzier, WSJ, 3 May 2022 Passengers were provided with a general plan to disembark and head back to the U.S. on charter flights from Puerto Plata. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 18 Mar. 2022 The Pride of Hull told him that at least 72 crew members were refusing to disembark. Anna Cooban, CNN, 17 Mar. 2022 The vessel had been seeking a port to disembark for a week, since rescuing the 440 migrants from the Mediterranean. Washington Post, 31 Dec. 2021 Two more days at sea provide ample opportunities to take advantage of everything the ship has to offer before returning to Miami to disembark. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 8 Dec. 2021 Many Albanians, particularly young men, were allowed to disembark at the ports in southern Italy for humanitarian reasons. Dezimey Kum, USA TODAY, 4 May 2022 In French Polynesia, where the 58-year-old environmental and eco-tourism consultant wasn’t allowed to disembark until going through quarantine, another Australian craft sailed close and dropped off a flash drive with the missing episodes. Konrad Putzier, WSJ, 3 May 2022 See More

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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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19 May 2022

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“Disembark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disembark. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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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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