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disembark

Line breaks: dis|em¦bark
Pronunciation: /dɪsɪmˈbɑːk
 
, dɪsɛm-/

Definition of disembark in English:

verb

[no object]
Leave a ship, aircraft, or train: the passengers began to disembark
More example sentences
  • Only one passenger disembarks and the train goes off, leaving him alone in the cavernous hallways.
  • The building which houses the west wing of the hotel was first built in 1935 as a hostel to accommodate passengers disembarking from shipping liners at the port.
  • One passenger disembarked from the train while it was still moving and a mother dropped a wheelchair ramp on to her son's foot.
Synonyms
get off, step off, leave;
go ashore, debark, detrain;
land, arrive;
British alight from;
North American deplane
informal pile out

Origin

late 16th century: from French désembarquer, Spanish desembarcar, or Italian disimbarcare, based on Latin barca 'ship's boat'.

Derivatives

disembarkation

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
Example sentences
  • He said there were no reports of injuries during disembarkation.
  • A sailor who was injured on board a ship at the International port is recovering after an unusual disembarkation.
  • Thoughts of my mother's travels preoccupied me intermittently on the train journey to Naples, the point of disembarkation for Antipodean visitors to Rome.

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