from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To go ashore from a ship.
  • intransitive v. To leave a vehicle or aircraft.
  • transitive v. To take ashore from a ship.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To remove from on board a vessel; to put on shore; to land; to debark.
  • v. To go ashore out of a ship or boat; to leave a train or airplane; to debark.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To go ashore out of a ship or boat; to leave a ship; to debark.
  • transitive v. To remove from on board a vessel; to put on shore; to land; to debark.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To debark; remove from on board a ship to the land; unload; put on shore; land: as, the general disembarked the troops at sunrise.
  • To land from a ship; go on shore, as at the end of a voyage.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. go ashore


Probably obsolete French desembarquer : des-, dis- + embarquer, to embark; see embark.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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  • The VIP treatment continued after we landed in Rio: as the plane sat on the tarmac and passengers waited to disembark, a tour representative boarded the aircraft and whisked me off through the airport.

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  • Tabitha kissed me on the cheek, the warmth lingering there long after she headed off down the aisle to disembark.


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