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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.
Origin of disband
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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  • Impromptu picking camps spring up and disband in a matter of weeks, leaving garbage pits and barren land in their wake.
  • Once the commission has decided which armed groups to disband, it can then do no more than recommend how to go about it.
  • He persuaded tens of thousands of right-wing paramilitaries to disband, albeit under a flawed agreement.
  • Earlier this year, one large rebel group agreed to disband and has begun to integrate into the national army.
  • By early spring, coveys disband as selection of nesting sites begins.
  • The walk will disband on the grounds of the monument.
  • As family units disband, raccoons become increasingly solitary.
British Dictionary definitions for disband


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 disband

1590s, from Middle French desbander (Modern French débander), in military sense, from des- (see dis-) + band (v.). Related: Disbanded; disbanding.

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