American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To dissolve the organization of (a corporation, for example).
- v. To cease to function as an organization; break up.
- v. To separate and move in different directions; disperse.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To release from a bond, restriction, or connection of any kind; unbind; set free.
- To break up the band or company of; dismiss or dissociate from united service or action; especially, to discharge in a body from military service: as, to disband an orchestra or a society; to disband troops, a regiment, or an army.
- To dismiss or separate from a band or company; dissociate from a band: as, a disbanded soldier.
- To break up the constitution of; disintegrate; destroy.
- To be released from a bond, restriction, or connection; become disunited, separated, or dissolved.
- To retire from united service or action; separate; break up: as, the army disbanded at the close of the war; the society disbanded on the loss of its funds.
- v. to break up or cause to cease to exist
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. 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.
- v. obsolete To divorce.
- v. To become separated, broken up, dissolved, or scattered; especially, to quit military service by breaking up organization.
- v. stop functioning or cohering as a unit
- v. cause to break up or cease to function
- Obsolete French desbander, to separate someone from a troop : des-, dis- + Old French band, troop; see band2. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The Irish Progressive Democrats 'decision to disband is obviously a great cause of discomfort for Welsh Lib Dems.”
“The real reason in my opinion for the IRA finally agreeing to disband is that in the aftermath of 7/7 it has suddenly become very uncool to be a bomber and if you are one, you will now be associated in people’s minds not with a justifiable cause, but with extremism.”
“When the Holy See tells a priestly fraternity to disband, that is, withdraws its recognition and suppresss it, that may or may not be a justified action, and it could be an injustice, but it's nothing at all like telling the fraternity to violate God's commandments.”
“But the international forces have warned that the four-month deadline given for security firms to disband is too short, and risks creating further instability, IWPR reported on Sept. Filling the security gap”
“Um, what part of the Constitution allows the President to "disband" Congress?”
“I must confess that I don't understand the point of your next remark: "it is not true that the opposition in Lebanon has been calling for disarming Hizbullah." indeed, I have never once heard the hizbullah-led opposition call for hizbullah to disarm, and did not suggest as much in this story - which uses the word "disband," not "disarm".”
“It emerged at the weekend that Stofile had instructed Mamase in writing on 22 March this year to "disband" the 12-member housing board.”
“His crime had been to follow Moscow's orders in 1941 and "disband" the party in a show of unity with the US Government.”
“The ex-Tory peer said he had offered to "disband" UKIP, but a spokesman later said the deal would only have involved calling off its election campaign.”
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