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[dis-band] /dɪsˈbænd/
verb (used with object)
to break up or dissolve (an organization):
They disbanded the corporation.
verb (used without object)
to disperse.
1585-95; < Middle French desbander, equivalent to des- dis-1 + -bander, derivative of bande troop, band1
Related forms
disbandment, noun
undisbanded, adjective Unabridged
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Examples for disbanded
  • Political interest groups need to be disbanded, or some form of regulation put in place to severely limit their power.
  • It was disbanded after it opted out of the election, on the advice of its detained leader.
  • In the left side there are too many small leaders and the body of the coalition is disbanded.
  • So, they disbanded the country's two anti-corruption bodies.
  • All public employee unions, everywhere, should be disbanded and members of those unions that object should be fired.
  • She sold the brick house to her cousin, disbanded the group home and moved in.
  • Nine months before the war ended, the program was disbanded.
British Dictionary definitions for disbanded


to cease to function or cause to stop functioning, as a unit, group, etc
Derived Forms
disbandment, noun
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Word Origin and History for disbanded
1590s, from M.Fr. desbander, in military sense, from des- (see dis-) + band (q.v.). Related: Disbanded.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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