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.

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Since 1973, 4,100 of these platforms have been decommissioned. Sara Sneath,, "Shell platform transformed into artificial reef in the Gulf of Mexico," 15 Feb. 2018 Japan’s largest utility is looking to foreign blue-collar workers to help decommission its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear-power plant amid a labor shortage exacerbated by radiation risks at the site of the 2011 nuclear disaster. Mayumi Negishi, WSJ, "Japan Aims to Hire Foreigners for Nuclear Cleanup," 18 Apr. 2019 Shortly after, a Russian lawmaker charged that the United States stole samples while helping to decommission the facility where Novichok was made in the 1990s. Matthew Bodner And Karla Adam,, "Britain's top diplomat accuses Putin of being behind Russian spy poisoning," 16 Mar. 2018 As that ship was decommissioned in 1997, the strategy has since changed. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "There's a Secret Plan in Place to Evacuate Queen Elizabeth in the Event of Brexit Riots," 4 Feb. 2019 Lime says that those models will be decommissioned, but did not tell the Post how many units are affected, or in which cities they’re being used in. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Lime issues recall for a scooter model after reports that they can break apart," 10 Nov. 2018 According to Russian sources, the Rokot vehicle will make two final launches in 2019 and then be decommissioned, Spacewatch reports. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Rokot ending, more spaceports, back-to-back Falcon Heavies," 21 Dec. 2018 The transform option, which Doonan called the most bold idea, would decommission Greeley and Hubbard Woods to use for rentals. Kathy Routliffe,, "Winnetka District 36 team to recommend shutting or demolishing some schools," 13 Mar. 2018 The Queen openly wept when HMY Britannia was decommissioned in 1997. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The Story Behind the Royal Family's Yacht, Britannia," 30 Sep. 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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