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[dee-kuh-mish-uh n]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to remove or retire (a ship, airplane, etc.) from active service.
  2. to deactivate; shut down: to decommission a nuclear power plant.
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Origin of decommission

First recorded in 1925–30; de- + commission
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  • Some were building robots that could decommission leaky gas-stations and crater out the toxic soil.


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British Dictionary definitions for decommission


  1. (tr) 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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