One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of an organized group) break up or cause to break up and stop functioning.
break up, disperse, demobilize, dissolve, scatter, separate, go separate ways, part companyView synonyms
- ‘If the IRA disbands, it will have been established that the IRA was not merely an illegal organisation but an unambiguously terrorist organisation.’
- ‘Glusburn and Cross Hills gala will not go ahead this year after the committee officially disbanded at the weekend.’
- ‘The IRA's war has ended and the organisation shall not disband.’
- ‘Now, however, sources say that Blair estimates he can use a threat of action against IRA illegal business activity to bludgeon the organisation into disbanding.’
- ‘Irish writer John Banville asks why the IRA in their most recent statement announced that they would put an end to their armed campaign but not disband the organisation.’
- ‘The Beta Band disbanded at the end of 2004 leaving behind a legacy of innovative and inspiring music.’
- ‘Elsewhere in the fifth century units whose pay stopped disbanded and dispersed or settled on the land.’
- ‘The 228 Incident Committee was declared an illegal organization and ordered to disband.’
- ‘We're assuming that, on the verge of success, the organisation have done the only sensible thing and disbanded.’
- ‘Paramilitary organisations of all kinds should disarm and disband.’
- ‘Mr James said the performers had gone their separate ways since the circus disbanded on Sunday.’
- ‘We heard scattered news that the army was disbanding.’
- ‘The Clash finally disbanded in 1985, but that's not the end of the story.’
- ‘The remaining attorneys disbanded at the end of 2001, going in a number of different professional directions.’
- ‘He praised Endriartono for making such a forceful call for all paramilitary organizations to disband.’
- ‘His singing group disbanded recently and he's mad!’
- ‘St. Fintan's have since disbanded due to falling numbers.’
- ‘‘The public consultation is a mockery,’ said Mr Putwain who had brought to the meeting a final position statement of the CHC before it disbands on December 1.’
- ‘It was disappointing to read two recent articles: ‘Summer events threatened by dearth of helpers’ and ‘Guild disbands as membership falls’.’
- ‘The team then disbands and a new team forms to work on the next project.’
Late 16th century: from obsolete French desbander.
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