de·com·mis·sion | \ ˌdē-kə-ˈmi-shən \

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

At that exhibit, Connecticut artists will use decommissioned, broken-apart guns accumulated in a buyback conducted last December in Hartford. Susan Dunne,, "Artists #UNLOAD In Gun Exhibit At Fairfield University," 26 June 2018 The highway was decommissioned in 1985, replaced by the Federal Interstate Highway System, but historians and travelers have kept its memory as well as its culture of roadside diners, neon lights and tourist traps alive. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Route 66 and 10 Other Sites That Made the 2018 “Most Endangered Historic Places” List," 26 June 2018 The structures were decommissioned in 2005, and restoration was completed last year after $2 million was raised from donors. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tall ship Friends Good Will, lighthouses highlight visit to southwest Michigan," 22 June 2018 IMPs lay at the heart of the Arpanet until 1989, when the federal government decommissioned the network. Katie Hafner,, "Frank Heart, 89, of Lexington; linked computers before the Internet," 26 June 2018 The developer also must post a bond with the state, guaranteeing it will properly decommission the site. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "Will County residents weigh in on proposed solar farms," 14 June 2018 As part of the modernization program, officials decommissioned a diagonal, northwest and southeast runway and are building a new runway that runs east to west and expanding a different runway, House said. Alexandra Kukulka,, "Glenview to host meeting on potential impacts of O'Hare Airport changes," 5 June 2018 The problem is, in the past couple years, the department has only decommissioned 25 or so hoses. Karina Bland, azcentral, "What stands between kids and shooters is sometimes just a locked door," 23 May 2018 Several groups of dissident Irish nationalists remain active and carry out occasional attacks, but their capacity is tiny compared with the Irish Republican Army (IRA), which decommissioned its weapons after the 1998 deal. NBC News, "Explosive thrown at house of former Irish nationalist leader Gerry Adams," 14 July 2018

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1922, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of decommission

: to officially stop using (a ship, weapon, dam, etc.) : to remove (something) from service

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