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 dismission (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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Those few who dared call him out on the spending and the corruption and the deals were dismissed as self-promoters, or treated as heretics, as if Chicago were Salem in the late winter of 1693, and naysayers had denied the existence of witches. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Mayor Lightfoot has patience, but soon, she’ll have to be bold," 30 Aug. 2019 Patriotic themes are encouraged, while criticism of the Soviet past is dismissed. Sabra Ayres, Los Angeles Times, "How Russia’s biggest rock star gets away with speaking truth to power (a.k.a. Putin)," 30 Aug. 2019 Mr Shah, whose case was eventually dismissed, was refused bail for three months. The Economist, "The Indian government’s anti-corruption campaign revs up," 29 Aug. 2019 Cunningham is a 5-7 speedster who transferred from Sacramento City College in May after former wide receiver Devaughn Cooper was dismissed from the team. Michael Lev, azcentral, "Arizona looking for answers to 'critical errors' after loss to Hawaii," 28 Aug. 2019 Hunt entered guilty pleas to drunken driving with more than three prior drunken driving convictions and child abuse in a plea deal in which the eight other counts were dismissed, court records said. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Colorado parolee serving sentence for 5th DUI arrested for alleged 6th DUI," 27 Aug. 2019 The suit sought more than $5 million in damages, but was ultimately dismissed. Emily Brindley, courant.com, "Employee sues Farmington company Ultimate Nutrition after abrupt layoffs," 26 Aug. 2019 Barr became Trump's second attorney general after Jeff Sessions was dismissed. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, "AG William Barr to throw a pricey, private holiday party at DC's Trump International Hotel," 26 Aug. 2019 For instance, Kiffin still hasn’t settled on a starting quarterback for Saturday between Oklahoma transfer Chris Robison, who was dismissed by the Sooners in 2017 for a violation of team rules, and Indiana transfer Nick Tronti. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland.com, "An interview with Lane Kiffin, who brings FAU to Ohio State as part of his backward career: Doug Lesmerises," 26 Aug. 2019

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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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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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