Definition of decommission in English:


Line breaks: de|com¦mis|sion
Pronunciation: /diːkəˈmɪʃ(ə)n


[with object]
  • 1Withdraw (something, especially weapons or military equipment) from service: a decision to decommission the ice patrol ship HMS Endurance
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    • If a deal is reached, the IRA is expected to make the first move with plans to decommission its weapons and stand down its military organisation.
    • If the IRA decommissions its weapons, this stance is arguably no longer relevant.
    • A problem is defining a role for the UVF now that the IRA has said that its armed campaign is at an end and has decommissioned its weapons.
  • 1.1Make (a nuclear reactor) inoperative and dismantle it safely: we need to decommission old nuclear power stations (as noun decommissioning) decommissioning was a lengthy, expensive, and potentially hazardous enterprise
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    • During the discussion in Brussels Kovachev stressed that all applicant countries, which should decommission nuclear reactors by set deadlines, also have a time frame for accession to the EU.
    • British Energy, owner of most of Britain's reactors, had to have a £1 billion-plus bail-out from the government with at least £40 billion more needed to decommission old reactors.
    • In a more realistic scenario, Bulgaria will decommission reactors 1 and 2 by end - 2002 as agreed upon with the EC and it will preserve reactors 3 and 4.

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