verb Etymology: Middle French desbander, from des- dis- + bande band Date: 1591 transitive verb to break up the organization of ; dissolve intransitive verb to break up as an organization ; dispersedisbandment noun

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  • Disband — Dis*band , v. i. To become separated, broken up, dissolved, or scattered; especially, to quit military service by breaking up organization. [1913 Webster] When both rocks and all things shall disband. Herbert. [1913 Webster] Human society would… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Disband — may refer to: DisBAND, show on MuchMusic Disband (band), American band This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the same title. If an internal link led you here, you may wish to change the link to point directly to the …   Wikipedia

  • Disband — Dis*band (?; see {Dis }), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Disbanded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Disbanding}.] [Pref. dis + band: cf. OF. desbander, F. d[ e]bander, to unbind, unbend. See {Band}, and cf. {Disbend}, {Disbind}.] 1. To loose the bands of; to set free;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • disband — I verb break apart, break the association of, break up, cut off, deactivate, demobilize, detach, dimittere, discharge, disconnect, disembody, disengage, disjoin, disjoint, dislocate, dismember, dismiss, dismiss from service, disorganize, dispel,… …   Law dictionary

  • disband — UK US /dɪsˈbænd/ verb [I or T] ► to stop existing as a group or organization, or to end a group or organization: »The international department was disbanded due to budget cuts …   Financial and business terms

  • disband — (v.) 1590s, from M.Fr. desbander (Mod.Fr. débander), in military sense, from des (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + BAND (Cf. band) (q.v.). Related: Disbanded; disbanding …   Etymology dictionary

  • disband — [v] break up demobilize, destroy, disperse, dissolve, fold, scatter, separate, thin out; concept 234 …   New thesaurus

  • disband — ► VERB ▪ (with reference to an organized group) break up or cause to break up …   English terms dictionary

  • disband — [dis band′] vt. [MFr desbander: see DIS & BAND1] 1. to break up (an association or organization) 2. to dismiss (a military force) from service vi. to cease to exist or function as an organization; scatter; disperse disbandment n …   English World dictionary

  • disband — UK [dɪsˈbænd] / US verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms disband : present tense I/you/we/they disband he/she/it disbands present participle disbanding past tense disbanded past participle disbanded if a group of people disbands or is… …   English dictionary

  • disband — verb to break up or cause to cease to exist The president wanted to disband the scandal plagued agency …   Wiktionary

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