verb dis·miss \dis-ˈmis\

: to decide not to think about or consider (something or someone)

: to send (someone) away : to cause or allow (someone) to leave

: to officially make (someone) leave a job : to end the employment or service of (someone)

Full Definition of DISMISS

transitive verb
:  to permit or cause to leave <dismissed the visitors>
:  to remove from position or service :  discharge <dismissed the thievish servant>
a :  to reject serious consideration of <dismissed the thought>
b :  to put out of judicial consideration <dismissed all charges>
dis·mis·sion \-ˈmi-shən\ noun
dis·mis·sive \-ˈmi-siv\ adjective
dis·mis·sive·ly adverb

Examples of DISMISS

  1. I don't think we should dismiss the matter lightly.
  2. The students were dismissed early because of the snowstorm.
  3. Several employees were recently dismissed.

Origin of DISMISS

Middle English, modification of Latin dimissus, past participle of dimittere, from dis- + mittere to send
First Known Use: 15th century
DISMISS Defined for Kids


verb dis·miss \dis-ˈmis\

Definition of DISMISS for Kids

:  to allow or cause to leave <dismiss a class>
:  to remove from a job or position <She dismissed her assistant.>
:  to decide not to think about <He dismissed the criticism.>


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