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[dee-kuh-mish-uh n] /ˌdi kəˈmɪʃ ən/
verb (used with object)
to remove or retire (a ship, airplane, etc.) from active service.
to deactivate; shut down:
to decommission a nuclear power plant.
Origin of decommission
1925-30; de- + commission Unabridged
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Examples from the web for decommission
  • The cheapest way to decommission a nuclear power plant is to have its core meltdown.
  • In fact, this is yet one example of where our decommission protocols are severely lacking.
  • So why not decommission all our fossil fuel producing power plants and convert them to clean energy producing power plants.
  • Even now they show no sign of making moves to decommission their arms stocks.
  • It can cost more to decommission a site than to build it in the first place.
  • The only radioactive material left at decommission is activated materials.
  • The cost to decommission these facilities similarly ranges broadly, from a few thousand up to the hundred million dollar range.
  • As for decommissioning, there are several ways to decommission a well.
  • Application submitted to obtain approval to decommission a wastewater treatment facility.
  • Well drillers inform us of all intents to drill or decommission a well.
British Dictionary definitions for decommission


(transitive) to dismantle or remove from service (a nuclear reactor, weapon, ship, etc which is no longer required)
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Word Origin and History for decommission

1922, originally with reference to warships, from de- + commission (v.). Related: Decommissioned; decommissioning.

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