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Princeton's WordNet

  1. disbandverb

    cause to break up or cease to function

    "the principal disbanded the political student organization"

  2. disband, dissolveverb

    stop functioning or cohering as a unit

    "The political wing of the party dissolved after much internal fighting"


  1. disbandverb

    to break up or cause to cease to exist

    The president wanted to disband the scandal-plagued agency.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Disbandverb

    Etymology: dis and band.

    They disbanded themselves, and returned every man to his own dwelling. Richard Knolles, History of the Turks.

    Pythagoras bids us in our station stand,
    ’Till God, our general, shall us disband. John Denham.

    This if you do, to end all future strife,
    I am content to lead a private life;
    Disband my army to secure the state. John Dryden, Aurengzebe.

    Bid him disband his legions,
    Restore the commonwealth to liberty. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    Some imagine that a quantity of water, sufficient to make such a deluge, was created upon that occasion; and, when the business was done, all disbanded again, and annihilated. John Woodward.

  2. To Disbandverb

    To retire from military service; to separate; to break up.

    Our navy was upon the point of disbanding, and many of our men come ashore. Francis Bacon, War with Spain.

    The rang’d pow’rs
    Disband, and wand’ring, each his several way
    Pursues. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ii. l. 525.

    The common soldiers, and inferior officers, should be fully paid upon their disbanding. Edward Hyde.

    Were it not for some small remainders of piety and virtue, which are yet left scattered among mankind, human society would in a short space disband and run into confusion, and the earth would grow wild and become a forest. John Tillotson.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Disbandverb

    to loose the bands of; to set free; to disunite; to scatter; to disperse; to break up the organization of; especially, to dismiss from military service; as, to disband an army

  2. Disbandverb

    to divorce

  3. Disbandverb

    to become separated, broken up, dissolved, or scattered; especially, to quit military service by breaking up organization

  4. Etymology: [Pref. dis- + band: cf. OF. desbander, F. dbander, to unbind, unbend. See Band, and cf. Disbend, Disbind.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Disband

    dis-band′, v.t. to break up a band: to disperse, esp. of troops.—v.i. to break up.—n. Disband′ment. [O. Fr. desbander, des—L. dis, neg., bander.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of disband in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of disband in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of disband in a Sentence

  1. State John Kerry on Saturday:

    If the Palestinian Authority ceases, or were to cease security cooperation, or even decide to disband as a result of their economic predicament, and that could happen in the future if they don't receive additional revenues, then we would be faced by yet another crisis, we are working hard to prevent that from happening and that is why we have been reaching out to key stakeholders to express these concerns and also to try to work together to find a solution to this challenge.

  2. Ian Wilson:

    They can disband FPI but they cannot disband our struggle to defend the country and religion. And if we want, this afternoon we can declare a new Islamic mass organization.

  3. Adam Baldwin:

    Hi @Twitter: Fire @jack and disband the 'Trust and Safety' Council. Here's why.

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    the verbal act of urging on
    • A. instigation
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