- to break up (an association or organization)
- to dismiss (a military force) from service
Origin of disbandMiddle French desbander: see dis- and band
verbdis·band·ed, dis·band·ing, dis·bands
- To cease to function as an organization; break up.
- To separate and move in different directions; disperse.
Origin of disbandObsolete French desbander to separate someone from a troop des- dis- Old French band troop ; see band 2.
(third-person singular simple present disbands, present participle disbanding, simple past and past participle disbanded)
- To break up or cause to cease to exist.
- The president wanted to disband the scandal-plagued agency.
From Middle French desbander