dis·​miss | \ dis-ˈmis How to pronounce dismiss (audio) \
dismissed; dismissing; dismisses

Definition of dismiss

transitive verb

1 : to permit or cause to leave dismiss the visitors Class is dismissed.
2 : to remove from position or service : discharge dismissed the thievish servant
3a : to reject serious consideration of dismissed the thought
b law : to put out of judicial consideration : refuse to hear or hear further in court dismiss all charges This case is dismissed.
4 : to put out (a batsman) in cricket

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dismission \ dis-​ˈmi-​shən How to pronounce dismiss (audio) \ noun

Examples of dismiss in a Sentence

I don't think we should dismiss the matter lightly. The students were dismissed early because of the snowstorm. Several employees were recently dismissed.
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Recent Examples on the Web Potter’s attorneys, Paul Engh and Earl Gray, filed a motion Wednesday seeking to dismiss the new charge. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 16 Sep. 2021 Many American evangelicals doubt or dismiss the realities of climate change, and religious audiences were sometimes resistant to her message. Eliza Griswold, The New Yorker, 16 Sep. 2021 Defense motions are also pending, including one to dismiss the misdemeanor charge that Rittenhouse, as a minor, unlawfully possessed his AR-15 style rifle. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 Sep. 2021 The judge has scheduled a hearing Monday on motions by the Department of Health to dismiss the challenges. Jim Saunders, sun-sentinel.com, 16 Sep. 2021 Both sides agreed to dismiss their claims in the 18-month long patent infringement lawsuit that lasted longer than Quibi itself. Dawn Chmielewski, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 In an email to the City College community obtained by The Sun, an administrator announced the school would dismiss early Wednesday due to high temperatures. Lillian Reed, baltimoresun.com, 15 Sep. 2021 Wu, for her part, speaking Tuesday night before all votes had been tallied, seemed to dismiss Essaibi George as a candidate who will allow the city to stagnate. BostonGlobe.com, 15 Sep. 2021 The court said the prosecutor had used his peremptory challenges — each side’s ability to remove a prospective juror without stating a reason — to dismiss nine of the 11 Blacks on the panel and six of about 30 prospective jurors who were not Black. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of dismiss

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dismiss

Middle English, modification of Latin dimissus, past participle of dimittere, from dis- + mittere to send

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“Dismiss.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dismiss. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners 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)


dis·​miss | \ dis-ˈmis How to pronounce dismiss (audio) \
dismissed; dismissing

Kids Definition of dismiss

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


transitive verb

Legal Definition of dismiss

1 : to remove from position or service dismissed the employee
2 : to bring about or order the dismissal of (an action) the suit was dismissed

intransitive verb

: to bring about or order a dismissal the plaintiff moved to dismiss

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