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.
- To break up or cause to cease to exist.
- The president wanted to disband the scandal-plagued agency.
- They disbanded themselves and returned, every man to his own dwelling.
- (obsolete) To loose the bands of; to set free.
- (obsolete) To divorce.
- And therefore […] she ought to be disbanded.
to break up or cause to cease to exist