(Of an organized group) break up or cause to break up and stop functioning.
- The IRA's war has ended and the organisation shall not disband.
- Elsewhere in the fifth century units whose pay stopped disbanded and dispersed or settled on the land.
- 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.
break up, disperse, demobilize, dissolve, scatter, separate, go separate ways, part company
Late 16th century: from obsolete French desbander.
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