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[dis-em-bahrk] /ˌdɪs ɛmˈbɑrk/
verb (used without object)
to go ashore from a ship.
to leave an aircraft or other vehicle.
verb (used with object)
to remove or unload (cargo or passengers) from a ship, aircraft, or other vehicle.
Origin of disembark
1575-85; < Middle French desembarquer, equivalent to des- dis-1 + embarquer to embark
Related forms
[dis-em-bahr-key-shuh n] /dɪsˌɛm bɑrˈkeɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
disembarkment, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for disembark
  • It's time to graduate and disembark when the students find out the ship is going to be taken apart.
  • He once called democracy a train from which to disembark on reaching one's destination.
  • When they both disembark at a station, he murders the soldier in revenge.
  • Some disembark for an overnight excursion along the way, usually a margarita-fueled rest at one of the few hotels on the route.
  • We disembark, climb into a pickup truck and bump through scrubby pastureland.
  • The marines had to disembark and wade to the beach while exposed to heavy enemy fire.
  • The repeat button pushers are likely trying to accomplish the same thing: to disembark as soon as possible.
  • Hovercraft will therefore be able to embark and disembark easily.
  • We disembark, wait for the orchestra to have souvenir pictures taken and board buses waiting on the tarmac.
  • The boat has six bicycles, so you can disembark at any point and explore the back streets of the city.
British Dictionary definitions for disembark


to land or cause to land from a ship, aircraft, etc: several passengers disembarked, we will disembark the passengers
Derived Forms
disembarkation (dɪsˌɛmbɑːˈkeɪʃən), disembarkment, noun
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Word Origin and History for disembark

1580s, from Middle French desembarquer, from des- (see dis-) + embarquer (see embark). Related: Disembarkation; disembarked; disembarking.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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