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Meaning of DISBAND

Pronunciation:  dis'band

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  stop functioning, as of organizations or groups; "The political wing of the party dissolved after much internal fighting"
  2. [v]  cause to break up or function, as of groups and organizations

DISBAND is a 7 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: dissolve
 See Also: break up, dispel, disperse, dissipate, scatter



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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; to disunite; to
       scatter; to disperse; to break up the organization of;
       especially, to dismiss from military service; as, to
       disband an army.
             They disbanded themselves and returned, every man to
             his own dwelling.                     --Knolles.
    2. To divorce. [Obs.]
             And therefore . . . she ought to be disbanded.
  2. \Dis*band"\, v. i.
    To become separated, broken up, dissolved, or scattered;
    especially, to quit military service by breaking up
       When both rocks and all things shall disband. --Herbert.
       Human society would in a short space disband. --Tillotson.
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