transitive verb Date: 1922 to remove (as a ship or nuclear power plant) from service

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  • decommission — de‧com‧mis‧sion [ˌdiːkəˈmɪʆn] verb [transitive] to destroy a factory, power, or other industrial building that has closed down, and to remove anything from it that might be harmful or dangerous: • 25 of the mine s 260 full time employees will be …   Financial and business terms

  • decommission — 1922, originally with reference to warships, from DE (Cf. de ) + COMMISSION (Cf. commission) (v.). Related: Decommissioned; decommissioning …   Etymology dictionary

  • decommission — [v] withdraw from active service deactivate, demilitarize, make inactive, retire, shut down, shut off; concepts 25,121 …   New thesaurus

  • decommission — ► VERB 1) take (a ship) out of service. 2) dismantle and make safe (a nuclear reactor or weapon) …   English terms dictionary

  • decommission — [dē΄kə mish′ən] vt. 1. to revoke the commission of 2. to take (a ship, nuclear power plant, etc.) out of service …   English World dictionary

  • decommission — UK [ˌdiːkəˈmɪʃ(ə)n] / US [ˌdɪkəˈmɪʃ(ə)n] verb [transitive] Word forms decommission : present tense I/you/we/they decommission he/she/it decommissions present participle decommissioning past tense decommissioned past participle decommissioned to… …   English dictionary

  • decommission — /dee keuh mish euhn/, v.t. 1. to remove or retire (a ship, airplane, etc.) from active service. 2. to deactivate; shut down: to decommission a nuclear power plant. [1925 30; DE + COMMISSION] * * * …   Universalium

  • decommission — verb Decommission is used with these nouns as the object: ↑reactor …   Collocations dictionary

  • decommission — verb a) To take out of service or to render unusable. They decommissioned the ship after the accident. b) To remove or revoke a commission. The Army decommissioned the Sherman tank by filling the turret with cement …   Wiktionary

  • decommission — (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. withdraw, *mothball, deactivate, retire, drydock …   English dictionary for students

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