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dismiss

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verb dis·miss \dis-ˈmis\

Simple Definition of dismiss

  • : 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

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to permit or cause to leave <dismissed the visitors>

  3. 2 :  to remove from position or service :  discharge <dismissed the thievish servant>

  4. 3 a :  to reject serious consideration of <dismissed the thought> b :  to put out of judicial consideration <dismissed all charges>

dis·mis·sion play \-ˈmi-shən\ noun
dis·mis·sive play \-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

dismiss

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verb dis·miss \dis-ˈmis\

Definition of dismiss

dis·misseddis·miss·ing

  1. 1 :  to allow or cause to leave <dismiss a class>

  2. 2 :  to remove from a job or position <She dismissed her assistant.>

  3. 3 :  to decide not to think about <He dismissed the criticism.>





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