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re·​com·​mis·​sion (ˌ)rē-kə-ˈmi-shən How to pronounce recommission (audio)
recommissioned; recommissioning; recommissions

transitive verb

: to commission (something or someone) again
Councilors also agreed to recommission Don Keiser, the town's grant writer and planning administrator, to his post.Jen Lynds


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plural recommissions
: a second or subsequent commission
The US version of The Office has defied the normally brutally unforgiving logic of the American TV market, earning a recommission despite disappointing ratings.The Guardian

Examples of recommission in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Guggenheim, in his early 50s, convinced Pentagon officials to recommission him as a lieutenant commander in the Navy. Rinker Buck, WSJ, 10 Oct. 2021 To realistically remediate our nuclear-submarine shortfall, Congress needs to make the difficult decision to recommission the Charleston, S.C., and Mare Island, Calif., naval shipyards. WSJ, 2 Oct. 2022 The department then decided to recommission the ship for one more 110,000-mile voyage around the world to record both oceanographic and magnetic observations. Kimberly Bowker, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Mar. 2022
This specific example also received a recent recommission by the Maserati factory, and of course, comes with all its original documentation. Michael Van Runkle, Robb Report, 3 Nov. 2023 Once demand began to climb last year, oil companies scrambled to rehire people and recommission drilling rigs. New York Times, 27 May 2022

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Word History

First Known Use


circa 1770, in the meaning defined above


1821, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of recommission was circa 1770

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“Recommission.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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