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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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  • Orders were at once issued for the troops not to disembark at Milliken's Bend, but to remain as they were on board the transports.

  • For a certain reason we had to disembark at Madras and return home to Calcutta.

    My Reminiscences Rabindranath Tagore
  • A rickety team awaits us at the lock-house where we disembark.

  • Then the note of a bugle close at hand startled us, and Ludar bade us disembark.

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
  • But again, to allow the latter to disembark would be to furnish me with auxiliaries and render mine the stronger side.

    The Casque's Lark Eugne Sue
  • At the head of the Falls I disembark my first contingent,—say the ‘Greenways’ one.

  • It was about three o'clock in the afternoon that the order to disembark was received.

  • She perceived her mistake just in time to run herself ashore, and disembark her crew.

    Raleigh Edmund Gosse
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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