decommission

verb
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 The Zyp bikeshare program, which came to Birmingham in 2015, was decommissioned this week. al, "Is Mobile ready for electric scooters? Trendy devices bring safety and regulatory worries," 5 Jan. 2020 Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey sued the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Wednesday over the approved transfer of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station’s license to a company with no prior experience in decommissioning a nuclear power plant. BostonGlobe.com, "Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey sued the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Wednesday over the approved transfer of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station’s license to a company with no prior experience in decommissioning a nuclear power plant.," 27 Sep. 2019 Britain has agreed to hold further talks with other European countries before deciding whether to approve Shell’s plans to decommission four disused oil rigs in the Atlantic. San Diego Union-Tribune, "UK agrees further talks over disposal of old Shell oil rigs," 18 Oct. 2019 The company has promised to decommission the site in eight years, well ahead of the 60 years allowed by federal rules. BostonGlobe.com, "Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey sued the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Wednesday over the approved transfer of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station’s license to a company with no prior experience in decommissioning a nuclear power plant.," 27 Sep. 2019 The 35 employees will stay to help start decommissioning the plant. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "Tri-State officially retires Nucla coal-fired power plant well ahead of planned 2022 closure," 21 Sep. 2019 Sanders will soon be decommissioned by the state and officially sworn in as chief of the Jeffersontown Police Department. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky State Police commissioner to take over Jeffersontown Police Department," 20 Nov. 2019 The ship was decommissioned by the U.S. Coast Guard in May 2003 and served as a museum in Port Huron until 2011. Christopher Harress | Charress@al.com, al, "Historic U.S. Coast Guard ship to be sold on steps of Mobile courthouse after bills not paid," 20 Nov. 2019 Holtec International, a New Jersey company that specializes in storing and transporting nuclear waste, is decommissioning the plant. BostonGlobe.com, "The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission said the company decommissioning Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station can alter its emergency plans now that the Plymouth plant has ceased operations.," 6 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of decommission

1922, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jan 2020

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“Decommission.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/decommission?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=d&file=decomm01. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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decommission

verb
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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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