de·​com·​mis·​sion | \ ˌdē-kə-ˈmi-shən How to pronounce decommission (audio) \
decommissioned; decommissioning; decommissions

Definition of decommission

transitive verb

: to remove (something, such as a ship or a nuclear power plant) from service

Examples of decommission in a Sentence

Several military bases are scheduled to be decommissioned. The government is decommissioning the nuclear power plant.
Recent Examples on the Web Product manufacturers: In some cases, the companies that build the devices that use rechargeable batteries have developed programs to responsibly decommission them. Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2019 After the earthquake and subsequent nuclear disaster in 2011, Japan acted quickly to decommission its fleet of more than 50 nuclear reactors. Aurora Almendral, Quartz, 28 Mar. 2022 Iowa plans to decommission its Covid-19 dashboard this month as the emergency proclamation expires. Deidre Mcphillips, CNN, 10 Feb. 2022 These spacecraft are supposed to help decommission the ISS, when that time comes, by pushing it into a careful plunge through Earth’s atmosphere that ends over the ocean. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 27 Feb. 2022 The effective cancellation of Nord Stream comes at a difficult point for Germany, which now faces an energy shortfall just two months after starting a plan to decommission its remaining nuclear power plants by the end of 2022. Chris Stokel-walker, Wired, 25 Feb. 2022 Congress is just blindly authorizing writing checks to fix a sub that will decommission two decades from now—no matter what the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard does to fix the sub’s present damage. Craig Hooper, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 Customers accused Morgan Stanley of having in 2016 failed to decommission two wealth management data centers before the unencrypted equipment, which still contained customer data, was resold to unauthorized third parties. Washington Post, 3 Jan. 2022 Now, Pacific Gas and Electric plans to decommission the Diable Canyon Nuclear Plant, the last nuclear facility in the state. WSJ, 3 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of decommission

1922, in the meaning defined above

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5 May 2022

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“Decommission.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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