v. dis·band·ed, dis·band·ing, dis·bands
To dissolve the organization of (a corporation, for example).
1. To cease to function as an organization; break up.
2. To separate and move in different directions; disperse.
[Obsolete French desbander, to separate someone from a troop : des-, dis- + Old French band, troop; see BAND2.]
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