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English Dictionary: disband by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
disband
v
  1. cause to break up or cease to function; "the principal disbanded the political student organization"
  2. stop functioning or cohering as a unit; "The political wing of the party dissolved after much internal fighting"
    Synonym(s): disband, dissolve
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Disband \Dis*band"\ (?; see {Dis-}), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
      {Disbanded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Disbanding}.] [Pref. dis- +
      band: cf. OF. desbander, F. d[82]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.
                                                                              --Milton.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Disband \Dis*band"\, v. i.
      To become separated, broken up, dissolved, or scattered;
      especially, to quit military service by breaking up
      organization.
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