1590s, from Middle French desbander (Modern French débander), from des- (English dis-) + bande (English band), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *bʰendʰ- (“to tie”). Surface analysis dis- + band.
- (transitive, intransitive) To break up or (cause to) cease to exist; to disperse.
- The president wanted to disband the scandal-plagued agency.
- I used to be in a punk band, but we disbanded in the early 1980s.
- (transitive, obsolete) To loose the bands of; to set free.
- (transitive, obsolete) To divorce.
to break up or cause to cease to exist